In criticizing the Supreme Court's decision striking down state bans on gay marriage, National Organization for Marriage (NOM) President Brian Brown invoked the teachings of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Brown, whose organization was solely created to deny gay couples the right to marry, said that Americans will reject the high court's ruling and vowed to reverse it.

“Though expected, today's decision is completely illegitimate,” Brown said in a blog post. “We reject it and so will the American people. It represents nothing but judicial activism, legislating from the bench, with a bare majority of the Justices on the Supreme Court exercising raw political power to impose their own preferences on marriage when they have no constitutional authority to do so. It is a lawless ruling that contravenes the decisions of over 50 million voters and their elected representatives. It is a decision that is reminiscent of other illegitimate Court rulings such as Dred Scott and Roe v Wade and will further plunge the Supreme Court into public disrepute.”

“Make no mistake about it: The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) and countless millions of Americans do not accept this ruling. Instead, we will work at every turn to reverse it.”

“In his 'Letter from a Birmingham Jail,' Dr. Martin Luther King discussed the moral importance of disobeying unjust laws, which we submit applies equally to unjust Supreme Court decisions. Dr. King evoked the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas that an unjust law or decision is one that is 'a human law that is not rooted in eternal law or natural law.'”

Brown predicted that the ruling would energize opponents: “Just as the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade infused the pro-life movement with new energy and commitment, so too will the decision today reawaken the American people to join the marriage movement.”