In discussing President Barack Obama's recent decision to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Pat Vaughn, general counsel for the socially conservative group American Family Association (AFA), said he believes the law is unconstitutional.

The president on Wednesday ordered the Department of Justice to stop defending the law in court, because he believes it violates the U.S. Constitution. The 15-year-old law bans federal agencies from recognizing the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples and allows states to ignore such marriages.

AFA Report co-host Ed Vitagliano asked Vaughn if he agreed with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's claim that the move is an impeachable offense.

“I think that Newt Gingrich is an astute politician and he is playing this for all it's worth,” Vaughn answered. “I think that marriage is defined by God as between a man and a woman.”

“However, the Defense of Marriage Act is probably unconstitutional, particularly … if you attempt to apply it so that to say that a marriage conducted in one state is not in effect in another. That clearly violates the Constitution.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

“Right now, someone is in Hell doing triple axels while dodging flying pigs,” Jeremy Hooper said in blogging about the news.

The AFA is considered one of the nation's leading opponents of LGBT rights.