John Stemberger, executive director of the Christian Family Coalition of Florida, says he's prepared to lay down his life fighting against allowing gay and lesbian couples in Florida to marry.

Stemberger and his group led the 2008 campaign to amend the Florida Constitution to ban same-sex marriage.

On Thursday, Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia declared the marriage ban unconstitutional and ordered Monroe County Clerk Amy Heavilin to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples on Tuesday, July 22. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi immediately filed a notice of appeal, placing the ruling on hold.

(Related: Florida judge strikes down state's gay marriage ban.)

Speaking to the Miami Herald, Stemberger called Garcia's ruling “corrupt” and a “judicial lynching of the nearly 8 million Florida voters” who approved the ban.

“This is an issue worth dying for,” he told the paper. “Every domestic partnership, every single civil union, every couple that cohabitates, these arrangements dilute and devalue marriage.”

“This is a very sad day for Floridians,” he added. “This is an entirely illegitimate process. The judge had no legal authority in this decision.”

In a video, Stemberger gave his opinion of the case.

“He claimed in his decision that you and I and others like us are animated by animus, which is really hatred, which nothing could be further from the truth,” he said.

“This does not phase us at all. We are going to double and triple our efforts to define and strengthen marriage in Florida. You can't have a civil society without natural marriage. … All it means is we're going to fight harder, stronger, faster to defend God's design for marriage, because you can't have civilization without it,” he added.

Stemberger launched Trail Life USA after leading an unsuccessfully lobbying effort to keep a ban on openly gay youth in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).