The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) on Thursday condemned a federal ruling striking down Kentucky's ban on gay marriage.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge John G. Heyburn II, who was appointed to the bench by President George H. W. Bush in 1992, found the state's restrictive marriage ban unconstitutional in a 19-page ruling which he put on hold pending an appeal.

“Stunningly, a single judge has decided that his opinion can override the votes of 75 percent of Kentuckians, who approved a constitutional amendment protecting marriage in 2004,” NOM said in a blog post.

NOM criticized Heyburn for implying “that same-sex unions are the same as marriage,” saying that “by their very nature, they are not.”

“Heyburn also wrote that marriage denies the 'intangible and emotional benefits of civil marriage' to same-sex couples. But marriage is not purely an emotional union – it is the only union that comprehensibly unites the sexes toward bringing children into the world and ensures children benefit from growing up with both a mother and a father.”

“Heyburn's ruling is a dangerous example of judicial activism gone wild in the United States. Renegade judge after renegade judge has worked to throw out the votes of the American people who have voted to protect marriage. Heyburn's blatant disregard for the will of Kentucky voters and lack of understanding of the intrinsic nature of marriage and what sets it apart from other unions is alarming,” the group added.