John Eastman, the chairman of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), has knocked a recent ruling ordering Ohio officials to recognize the marriage of a gay couple.

The ruling, handed down by a federal judge, granted James Obergefell and John Arthur of Cincinnati a temporary injunction to allow Arthur, who is bedridden from Lou Gehrig's Disease and receiving hospice care, to be listed as married on his death certificate, with Obergefell listed as his surviving spouse.

(Related: Dying gay man's final wish: To marry his partner.)

The judge in the case drew on a recent Supreme Court decision which struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional.

Al Gerhardstein, the couple's attorney, told NPR that that the Ohio ruling is likely to have a ripple effect throughout the nation.

“I suspect there will be lots of places where same-sex couples can make this same argument,” said Gerhardstein. “So no state ultimately may be free of this legal reasoning.”

Eastman reiterated a favorite claim of opponents, that the Supreme Court said that the states get to decide the issue. In the challenge to California's Proposition 8, the court said that interveners did not have legal standing to defend the law, which paved the way for a lower court's ruling to knock down the state's constitutional amendment approved in 2008 that limited marriage to a heterosexual union. The justices neither ruled on the amendment nor upheld it.

“The Supreme Court said that the states are supposed to be the primary place where marriage policy is set,” Eastman said. “And this judge has just replaced Ohio's policy with his own.

Eastman was also quoted as saying that the Ohio ruling “flies in the face of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling and will be ultimately overturned.”