In expressing his outrage at a federal judge's ruling declaring Texas' ban on gay marriage invalid, Texas State Senator Dan Patrick, a Republican, defined traditional marriage as between “ONE MAN & ONE MAN” in a tweet.

The ruling, stayed pending an appeal, is the sixth federal decision in less than 10 weeks knocking down all or part of a state's marriage ban.

(Related: Texas' gay marriage ban ruled unconstitutional.)

Patrick, a candidate for lieutenant governor, reacted in a series of tweets.

“Marriage is between one man and one woman. Period.”

“As Lieutenant Governor I'll fight activist judges and defend our traditional Texas values.”

“MARRIAGE = ONE MAN & ONE MAN,” he added in a separate tweet. “Enough of these activist judges. FAVORITE if you agree. I know the silent majority out there is with us!”

The final message was quickly deleted and replaced, but not before a screengrab of the original made the rounds on social media.

He then added: “oops! #twittertypo. We have a new job opening on our campaign: social media intern. Send resume to contact @”