Maggie Gallagher of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has denied there is a correlation between opposition to gay marriage and suicide rates among gay teens.

Under Gallagher's leadership, NOM backed passage of Proposition 8, which put an end to the weddings of gay and lesbian couples taking place in California after the state Supreme Court legalized the institution. A federal appeals court last week declared Prop 8 unconstitutional.

Appearing on RT's The Big Picture, Gallagher disagreed with host Thom Hartmann's opinion that opposition to gay marriage played a role in the suicide rates of gay teens.

“I actually took the trouble to look at whether gay marriage reduces gay teen suicide rates and I don't think that's going to turn out to be true,” Gallagher said.

“I don't think it's a matter of gay marriage. I think it's a matter of acceptance,” Hartmann observed.

“I'm talking about marriage. I'm not fighting to make gay teens not feel accepted. I think that there are many relationships that are valuable and loving. They're not all marriages ...”

“But when bi-racial couples couldn't get married, bi-racial people dating certainly didn't feel equal,” Hartmann interrupted.

Gallagher then asked Hartmann whether he believes that gay marriage foes are responsible for gay teen suicide.

“Yes, I do,” Hartmann confidently answered.

“See, I think that that's not true,” Gallagher responded. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

(Related: NOM's Maggie Gallagher calls Prop 8 ruling “dishonest.”)