The head of a Republican group has strongly condemned a recent ruling striking down Texas' ban on gay marriage.

In his ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Orlando Garcia said that the state's marriage laws demean the dignity of gay and lesbian couples for “no legitimate reason.” Garcia stayed his ruling pending an appeal.

(Related: Texas AG Greg Abbott to appeal gay marriage ruling.)

Dr. Steve Hotze, president of Conservative Republicans of Texas, criticized the ruling in a press release in support of the re-election campaign of Harris County Republican Party Chairman Jared Woodfill.

“Our Founding Fathers would be furious to find out that the Constitution was being interpreted to allow sodomites to marry,” Hotze wrote in a fundraising letter.

Hotze defended his remarks when asked about them by Houston's KHOU.

“I don't know how I could be any clearer,” he said. “This whole issue is about judicial liberal activism that is trying to redefine marriage.”

Woodfill also declined to repudiate Hotze's remarks.

“The terminology I want attached is this judge has been a liberal activist and he has violated the law of this state,” Woodfill said.