The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) on Monday pledged support for Minnesota's proposed gay marriage ban amendment.

The nation's most vociferous opponent of allowing gay and and lesbian couples to marry applauded lawmakers for sending a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a heterosexual union to voters for their approval in 2012.

Brian Brown, president of NOM, hailed the move as evidence that gay marriage in not inevitable.

“The vote Saturday night represents another in a string of stinging defeats for the gay-marriage group Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and their state allies, and is further concrete evidence that the widely-reported claim that same-sex marriage is inevitable is a lie. No state in this nation has embraced same-sex marriage since 2009, and many explicitly rejected it,” Brown said, referring to failed attempts to legalize gay marriage in New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Rhode Island and the voter-approved repeal of a gay marriage law in Maine – fights NOM led.

“We hope that the media will start to pay attention at what the American people are doing through their actions – they are rejecting same-sex marriage in droves,” he said.

Brown's comments belie those of Jim Daly, CEO and president of the Christian conservative group Focus on the Family, who said in an interview this week that gay marriage opponents have “probably lost.”

Brown went on to suggest that the group is planning to play a significant role in getting the amendment approved at the ballot box.

“NOM looks forward to supporting the campaign and lending our expertise and resources to those of allies in the state. We will have a thorough, respectful, discussion with the voters of Minnesota on all the reasons why the definition of marriage should be preserved as the union of a man and a woman, and to explain the risks to Minnesotans if they allow an activist judge or liberal legislators to redefine marriage in the future without public approval.”