The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) on Thursday responded to David Tyree's comment that giving gay couples the right to marry would lead to anarchy.

The former Giants wide receiver made his comments during an interview with Maggie Gallagher, board chair of the National Organization for Marriage, the nation's most vociferous opponent of marriage equality.

“If they pass this gay marriage bill,” Tyree said of proposed legislation in New York, “what I know will happen if this does come forth is this will be the beginning of our country sliding toward, you know, it's a strong word, but anarchy.”

(Related: Former Giants Michael Strahan supports gay marriage in New York.)

“Anarchy? Hardly. Committed gay and lesbian couples have been able to legally marry in five states and the District of Columbia – not to mention a number of foreign countries – for years now and cows are still giving milk, little boys are still pulling little girls’ pig tails, and we still drive on the right side of the street,” an HRC spokesperson told celebrity website

“Tyree’s statements are as misleading as they are ridiculous, and do not accurately reflect the growing acceptance that we're seeing from sports stars like Charles Barkley, Steve Nash, Sean Avery, Brendon Ayanbadejo, Scott Fujita and fellow former Giant Michael Strahan,” GLAAD said in a statement.