Gay GOP group Log Cabin Republicans has criticized Mitt Romney for reiterating his opposition to gay marriage.

Romney, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, drew cheers Wednesday when he broached the issue during a speech at the NAACP's annual convention taking place in Houston, Texas.

After stating that he hopes to represent “all Americans, of every race, creed and sexual orientation,” Romney added that as president he would “promote strong families” and “defend traditional marriage.”

The cheering was out of step with the NAACP leadership, which in May followed President Barack Obama's lead in endorsing equal marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples.

“With his opening remarks to the NAACP today, Governor Romney sent a message that he recognizes the importance of an inclusive Republican vision for victory in November,” R. Clarke Cooper, executive director of Log Cabin Republicans, said in a statement. “He deserves credit for taking the step to include sexual orientation by name. That said, it is unfortunate that he countered his outreach to gay and lesbian Americans with a gratuitous attack on the freedom to marry. If Governor Romney truly desires to represent all Americans, Log Cabin Republicans encourages him to avoid divisive social issues and focus on jobs and the economy.”