Other opponents of same-sex marriage took note of Obama's inaugural remarks, in some cases with alarm and anger.
"Their implications are morally devastating for the definition of marriage," wrote Denny Burk, a professor of biblical studies at the undergraduate arm of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. Burk, in a blog posting, contended that Obama's rationale for legalizing marriage for gays could be extended to polygamists as well.
Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage, which has campaigned against same-sex marriage in many states, criticized Obama's decision to raise the topic in his address.
"A presidential inauguration should be a time for the nation to come together," Brown said. "Instead President Obama chose to voice his support for a radical agenda advanced by some of his biggest campaign contributors to redefine marriage for everyone."
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