The NAACP's recent endorsement of gay marriage was an offering to President Barack Obama, the Reverend William Owens has claimed.

The leadership of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation's oldest civil rights organization, in May followed Obama's lead in endorsing equal marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples.

The decision created a rift at the NAACP's convention in Houston this week, with social conservatives battling progressives.

Obama decided to skip this year's convention, but not his presumed GOP rival, Mitt Romney, who addressed the crowd on Wednesday. Romney was cheered when he said he will defend “traditional marriage.”

(Related: Mitt Romney's NAACP speech criticized by gay GOP group.)

Appearing on Fox News, Owens, who heads the Coalition of African-American Pastors (CAAP), told host Megyn Kelly that Obama's support for gay marriage “changed the game” and could impact his support in the black community.

“I think he would have been there if he had not taken the NAACP for granted,” Owens said. “The NAACP had pandered to the president, they are doing his will by endorsing same-sex marriage, and I don't think he counts them as being important now because he already has them.”

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