Freedom to Marry, the nation's largest equal marriage advocate, on Tuesday applauded Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway's decision not to appeal a gay marriage ruling.

Conway's announcement makes him the 7th Democratic attorney general to refuse to defend laws which prohibit gay and lesbian couples from marrying.

“Today's decision by Kentucky attorney general Jack Conway echoes that of state attorneys general across America who refuse to defend discrimination,” Marc Solomon, national campaign director of Freedom to Marry, said in an emailed statement.

“Conway stands on the right side of history along with the Republican-appointed Kentucky federal judge who held that there is no legitimate justification for denying equal protection to same-sex couples. A growing bipartisan majority of Americans know it is wrong to deny anyone the freedom to marry the person they love. With a marriage case potentially making it to the Supreme Court as soon as 2015, we must continue to make the case across the country that all of America is ready for the freedom to marry,” he added.

Moments after Conway said that the judge in the case “got it right,” Governor Steve Beshear, also a Democrat, announced that the state would hire outside counsel to appeal the ruling.

(Related: Kentucky AG refuses to defend gay marriage ban; Gov. to hire outside counsel.)