Brian Brown, the president of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the nation's most vociferous opponent of gay marriage, has chided President Barack Obama for mentioning gay rights in his inaugural address.

Obama strung together the gay rights movement with the civil rights movement and the suffrage movement, marking the first time a president has addressed gay rights in an inauguration speech.

He cited Stonewall, the birthplace of the gay rights movement, and stated that “if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”

According to NBC News, Brown noted that millions of Americans had voted to ban marriage equality in saying: “Same-sex marriage is not a civil right.”

“To try to compare in any way the attempt to redefine marriage with the Civil Rights movement is simply false,” Brown said. “I think that the president's forgetting about the most important group affected by this and their civil rights, and that's children having the civil right to have both a mom and a dad.”