Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and NOM President Brian Brown are among those criticizing a federal judge's ruling declaring Oklahoma's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Terence Kern put his 68-page ruling, handed down Tuesday, on hold, pending an appeal.

(Related: Federal judge strikes down Oklahoma's gay marriage ban.)

Fallin, a Republican who in November ordered state-owned National Guard bases to stop processing military spouse benefit applications to avoid serving gay couples, said she was troubled “that the will of the people has once again been ignored by the federal government.”

“In 2004, the people of Oklahoma voted to amend the state's constitution to define marriage as 'the union of one man and one woman,'” Fallin said in a statement. “That amendment passed with 75 percent support. I support the right of Oklahoma's voters to govern themselves on this and other policy matters. I am disappointed in the judge's ruling and troubled that the will of the people has once again been ignored by the federal government.”

In responding to the ruling, Brown reiterated the need for a federal ban on such unions.

“Today, the National Organization for Marriage renews its call for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman,” Brown said in a NOM blog post. “The decision by U.S District Court Judge Terence Kern in Oklahoma is the latest in a string of examples of the dangers posed to state marriage laws when the avenue of debate is the federal court system. We need firm legislative action to protect the rights of the states and their citizens to make their own determinations regarding the definition of marriage without interference from federal appointees either in the courts or within the executive branch.”