Ben Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP, has called gay rights human rights in response to President Barack Obama's inclusion of gay rights in his inaugural speech.

During Monday's inauguration ceremony, Obama connected historic events in the suffrage movement, the black civil rights movement and the gay rights movement when he mentioned Seneca Falls, Selma and Stonewall.

The Stonewall Inn is the Greenwich Village gay bar where a police raid was met with resistance by gay men and drag queens in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, triggering the modern gay rights movement.

Thomas Peters of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the nation's most vociferous opponent of gay marriage, told NPR that many leaders of the civil rights movement completely reject the comparison.

“It's the attempt of the gay marriage lobby to sort of graph itself onto the civil rights movement,” Peters said. “This is a comparison that many leaders of the civil rights movement completely reject.”

But Jealous disagreed, saying it was accurate to link the rights of each group because in the end we are talking about human rights.

“Each fight has been led by folks who are proud and supported by folks who are proud about what they've accomplished, who are clear that the type of oppression they experience is different,” Jealous said. “But to have the president of the United States validate each of these movements, and through inference and through various other statements, so many others, was important. And I think today's activists, especially today's young activists, are more willing, more able, more inclined, less inhibited to see our country's great movement for human rights as what it is, which is at the end of the day one great movement.”