Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), on Tuesday praised the judge who last week upheld Tennessee's gay marriage ban.

Roane County Circuit Judge Russell E. Simmons upheld the state's ban in a case that involved two men who are seeking a divorce, saying it does not violate the U.S. Constitution.

“Neither the Federal Government nor another state should be allowed to dictate to Tennessee what has traditionally been a state's responsibility,” Simmons wrote.

“It is refreshing to find a judge who is willing to apply the federal constitution as it is and not reinterpret the constitution so as to redefine marriage,” said Brown in blog post. “Judge Russell Simmons is exactly correct when he says that there is nothing about the US Supreme Court's Windsor decision that would invalidate the right of Tennessee voters to define marriage as one man and one woman or require the state to recognize a same-sex ceremony performed in another state.”

The case involves Frederick Michael Borman and Larry Kevin Pyles-Borman who married in Iowa four years ago and later moved to Roane County, Tennessee.

Less than a year into the marriage, the men separated and Frederick filed for divorce in March.

The case is the first court loss for marriage equality supporters since the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) last year.

Brown also accused the media of ignoring the ruling.

“This important decision has largely been ignored in the media because it undercuts the narrative that same-sex marriage is inevitable. But it isn't,” he said. “NOM is confident that when this issue reaches the US Supreme Court, likely within a few months, that the constitutionality of marriage amendments and statutes defining marriage as one man and one woman will be upheld.”