Thomas Peters, communications director for the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), has claimed that a recent Supreme Court ruling that gutted the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) has energized gay marriage foes.

Peters appeared opposite Evan Wolfson, founder of Freedom to Marry, on NPR's The Diane Rehm Show.

The high court's ruling removed a provision of DOMA that prohibited federal agencies from recognizing the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples.

“A lot of our supporters, frankly, expected to lose everything at the Supreme Court,” Peters said. “We're a movement of social conservatives who care about marriage, life and family, and religious freedom as well. And a lot of our people have a very distinct memory of what happened with the court when they decided Roe v. Wade. And so, a lot of our supporters were surprised the Supreme Court did not do what gay marriage advocates promised they would do, which is to strike down laws protecting marriage across the board. And so, we actually have a lot of people coming off the sidelines, rejoining these fights, because they find these state efforts fruitful now in a way that they were up for grabs.”

Wolfson disagreed: “The opposition that Mr. Peters represents is isolated and dwindling and a real minority. And far from people coming off the sidelines to attack gay people, more and more Americans are joining with where the legislatures and the courts and the president and governors and attorney generals have all been moving, which is to end this discrimination.”