Maggie Gallagher says President Barack Obama has little influence on the African-American community's view of gay marriage.

The board chair of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the nation's most vociferous opponent of gay marriage, appeared Monday morning on C-SPAN's early morning call-in show Washington Journal.

Brian Moulton, chief legal counsel for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest gay rights advocate, also appeared on the program.

Gallagher said she welcomed the president's recent decision to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which he called unconstitutional, because the administration's legal defense was halfhearted at best. DOMA bans federal agencies from recognizing the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples.

Gallagher insisted Americans don't look to the president for guidance on the issue.

“I don't think that black churchgoers or other people are going to be that affected by what the president says on this issue. This is an issue that people feel they understand, they're not really looking to the president of the United States to tell them what to think.”

“It's true that African-Americans, like people of all ethnicities, disagree on this issue. But the city council here in D.C. fought extremely hard to prevent the people of D.C. to have the right to vote for marriage because they don't trust the community here, in particular probably the large African-American community.”

The social conservative added that she was certain voters in Maryland would repeal a gay marriage law, if approved by lawmakers.

“I'm highly confident that if the politicians in Maryland pass a gay marriage bill, that the people will veto it in Maryland, just as they did in Maine and California,” Gallagher said.