Penny Nance, the CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, said the president's "complete silence on the religious freedom...of those who believe marriage is a sacred institution created by God, between one man and one woman" was "surprising."
"As more and more pastors and people of faith are forced into abandoning their principles if they are to be engaged in the public square, as happened with the benediction at that very ceremony, it is appalling for the President to side with those who want to trample on our most cherished rights," Nance said.
Nance is referring to Rev. Louie Giglio of the Passion City Church in Georgia, who was initially supposed to give the benediction at the inauguration. He backed out after he was heavily criticized for anti-gay comments and actions he made in the mid-1990s.
This story has been updated.