Texas Governor Rick Perry on Wednesday vowed to fight a federal ruling striking down the state's ban on gay marriage.

The ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Orland Garcia – which he stayed pending an appeal – is the sixth federal decision in a row to knock down all or part of a voter-approved constitutional amendment defining marriage as a heterosexual union.

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

“Texans spoke loud and clear by overwhelmingly voting to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman in our Constitution, and it is not the role of the federal government to overturn the will of our citizens,” Perry said in a statement. “The 10th Amendment guarantees Texas voters the freedom to make these decisions, and this is yet another attempt to achieve via the courts what couldn't be achieved at the ballot box. We will continue to fight for the rights of Texans to self-determine the laws of our state.”