Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), on Friday condemned a federal judge's pending order forcing Ohio to recognize the out-of-state marriages of gay and lesbian couples.

U.S. District Judge Timothy Black said he would rule in favor of four plaintiff couples on or before Monday, April 14.

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“We condemn the indication from Judge Timothy Black that he will order the state of Ohio to recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere in violation of the Ohio constitution,” Brown said in a statement. “This is an affront to the rule of law and to the people of Ohio who voted overwhelmingly to define marriage solely as the union of one man and one woman. The judge joins a list of others who have shamefully substituted their own views for the considered judgment of the people of America. We call on the state to be ready to file a vigorous appeal of this coming ruling, and for the US Supreme Court to move expeditiously to rule on this issue. Less than a year ago, the US Supreme Court held that it is up to the states to define marriage, and the federal government could not substitute its own definition of marriage for the judgment of the states. Judge Black and other federal judges have twisted this ruling into something unrecognizable. We call on the US Supreme Court to establish for good that the sovereign states have the ability to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.”

The pending decision adds to the growing list of rulings striking down all or part of similar bans in Utah, Michigan, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee and Texas.

All of the rulings were handed down after Brown predicted in November a turnaround for marriage equality opponents.

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