Thomas Peters, cultural director for the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), claims a Supreme Court ruling striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) would settle nothing and only spark a culture war.

DOMA was approved by Congress in 1996 and signed into law by President Bill Clinton. It forbids federal agencies from recognizing the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples.

On Friday, the Supreme Court is expected to consider whether it will hear a case challenging the law's constitutionality.

Striking down the law would allow for federal recognition in the 9 states and the District of Columbia where gay nuptials are already legal. Some experts believe other states would be affected as well. The court could also recognize for the purposes of the federal government marriage alternatives such as civil unions and domestic partnerships, currently available in 8 states.

In comments to Al Jazeera, Peters warned that such a move would spark a culture war.

“It would be wrong for the Supreme Court to jump way ahead of public resolution of this issue and create a federal right to same -sex marriage. You know, we saw that as a resolution to the abortion battle back in the 70s and all that did was spark a culture war,” he said. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)