Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), has accused Fox News of not taking the gay marriage issue seriously during the GOP debate.

In a blog post, Brown attacked Fox News, saying that it had “bumbled badly” in not asking more pointed questions on the topic during Thursday's debate.

“The nation watched the first debate of the presidential cycle this week, as Fox News hosted the affair from Cleveland on Thursday evening. As many NOM supporters have observed, the mainstream media rarely treats the marriage issue with the importance it deserves, and even Fox News has been reluctant to give it fair and balanced coverage,” Brown wrote.

“Regrettably, this was evident in their handling of the marriage issue during the presidential debate. Only two candidates were asked about marriage, and it was phrased in an adversarial way, pitting support for traditional marriage as being at odds with support for a gay family member. How ridiculous!”

During the debate, Ohio Governor John Kasich was asked how he would explain his opposition to marriage equality to a son or daughter if he or she were gay. He went on to say that he would love his daughter if she were gay. His answer drew applause from the audience.

“Sadly, when it came to the marriage issue, Fox News bumbled badly. We hope that future debates will give the candidates a fuller opportunity to expound on their views about protecting marriage and the actions they will take as president to reverse the illegitimate ruling of the Supreme Court,” he added.