Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), on Wednesday cheered a Supreme Court decision granting a stay in a federal appeals court's ruling striking down Virginia's gay marriage ban as unconstitutional.

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals' order was scheduled to take effect on Thursday morning. It would have also affected similar bans in West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

(Related: Supreme Court grants stay of Virginia gay marriage ruling.)

Brown applauded the court's decision, saying it was another sign that the “rush to judgment declaring marriage to be unconstitutional is not only premature, but incorrect.”

“We are pleased that the US Supreme Court has put a halt to the decision in Virginia redefining marriage in violation of the state's marriage amendment overwhelmingly approved by voters,” Brown said in a blog post. “We had called upon the Court to take this step and are gratified that they will now be able to carefully consider the issues. This is another indication that the rush to judgment declaring marriage to be unconstitutional is not only premature, but incorrect. The US Supreme Court has determined that states have the right to define marriage and we remain confident that they will uphold all the various traditional marriage laws and constitutional amendments that have been wrongly invalidated by federal judges. We look forward to the US Supreme Court taking one or more of the three marriage cases now pending before them, and ultimately ruling that defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman is entirely constitutional.”

Of course, the courts have declared state bans excluding gay couples from marriage to be invalid, not marriage as a whole.