Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has renewed a call for placing a gay marriage ban in the U.S. Constitution.

Gingrich made his remarks late Wednesday in response to a federal judge's ruling overturning California's gay marriage ban.

Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker's ruling states that Proposition 8 violates the constitutional rights of gay and lesbian couples who wish to marry. Walker has stayed his ruling at least until Friday, when he'll hold another hearing. Proposition 8 supporters most likely will appeal the ruling.

Voters approved the measure by a narrow margin on November 4, 2008. The law put an end to gay and lesbian weddings taking place in the state after the California Supreme Court legalized the institution.

“Judge Walker's ruling overturning Prop 8 is an outrageous disrespect for our Constitution and for the majority of people of the United States who believe marriage is the union of husband and wife,” Gingrich wrote on his website.

“Congress now has the responsibility to act immediately to reaffirm marriage as a union of one man and one woman as our national policy.”

Congress first proposed a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in 2002. The measure slowly gained steam over the years and nearly won approval four years later.

Gingrich went on to suggest that Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan agreed with Walker's ruling.

“Today's notorious decision also underscores the importance of the Senate vote tomorrow on the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court because judges who oppose the American people are a growing threat to our society.”