Maggie Gallagher, the co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), has called a federal ruling declaring unconstitutional California's gay marriage ban, Proposition 8, “dishonest.”

Under Gallagher's leadership, NOM backed the amendment's passage in 2008. Proposition 8 put an end to the weddings of gay and lesbian couples taking place in the state after the California Supreme Court legalized the institution.

On Tuesday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals said Proposition 8 violates the constitutional rights of gay couples who wish to marry in California.

In a blog post titled Ninth Circuit to 7 Million California Voters: You Are Irrational Bigots published at The Corner, a blog of the National Review Online, Gallagher described the ruling as “ill-natured illogic.”

“In a breathtaking exercise in ill-natured illogic, a divided Ninth Circuit ruled 2-1 that because Prop 8 does not take away civil-union benefits for same-sex couples, it's an unconstitutional exercise in irrational animus toward gay people,” she wrote.

“Dishonestly, the court claimed it did not require any heightened scrutiny to reach this result.”

Gallagher also suggested gay rights leaders were dishonest.

“Back in 2004, when we fought about a Federal Marriage Amendment, gay rights advocates said we were alarmists for claiming that they would go to federal court seeking a right to impose gay marriage in all 50 states.”

“That was so last decade,” she added.