Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), on Friday hailed Mike Huckabee's call for Republicans to speak out against gay marriage as recent court decisions greatly expand the number of states legalizing such unions.

On Monday, the Supreme Court refused to hear appeals from five states that wish to keep their bans in place. The action affected 11 states over three circuit courts. The following day, bans in Nevada and Idaho tumbled, affecting an additional three states.

(Related: Church helps topple North Carolina's gay marriage ban.)

Huckabee, a former presidential candidate and current Fox News host, said during an appearance on the American Family Association's (AFA) Today's Issues program he was “utterly exasperated” with the response from the GOP and threatened to ditch the party over the issue.

(Related: Reince Priebus: Gay marriage not “top tier issue for midterms.”)

“I am utterly exasperated with Republicans and the so-called leadership of the Republicans who have abdicated on this issue,” he said.

“I'm gone,” he warned. “I'll become an independent. I'll start finding people that have guts to stand. I'm tired of this.”

Brown backed Huckabee in a blog post.

“Governor Huckabee is exactly right and is speaking for millions of Americans who are sick of Republican elitists remaining silent and refusing to fight for the survival of marriage, the principal building block of society and the foundation of civilization,” he said. “Republicans who remain silent on marriage do so at their own peril and risk losing elections across the country. If conservatives see Republican candidates fail to lead on marriage – or worse, come out in favor of redefining marriage – then conservatives will abandon those candidates.”

“If more Republican leaders do not speak up and join the fight, then millions of conservatives will abandon them and join with officials who will fight,” he added. “Marriage is on the line in our country, and it's time for people to get off the bench and into the battle.”