Tony Perkins, president of the Christian conservative Family Research Council (FRC), on Wednesday praised a federal judge's ruling upholding Louisiana's ban on gay marriage.

U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman's ruling is the first federal decision to uphold a state marriage ban since the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) last year.

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Perkins, a strong opponent of gay rights, called Feldman's ruling “a victory for children,” which could be interpreted as an attack on gay parenting.

“This ruling is a victory for children, each of whom need and desire a mom and dad, something our public policy should encourage. This decision is a victory for the rule of law, and for religious liberty and free speech which are undermined anywhere marriage is redefined,” Perkins said in a statement.

“We commend Judge Feldman for refraining from judicial activism and recognizing that Louisiana voters are free to uphold natural marriage in their state's public policy. He rightly declared that the Courts have no authority to unilaterally change the definition of our most fundamental social institution.”

“We thank Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and his special counsel, Kyle Duncan and Mike Johnson, for their work to defend natural marriage and the rule of law,” he added.