President-Elect Barack Obama, seeking to quell nearly 4 weeks of criticism from pro-choice groups as well as the gay community for selecting the mega-church evangelical superstar Rick Warren to give the inaugural invocation for January 20th's swearing in ceremony, has thrown the GLBT community a bone by inviting Bishop Gene Robinson to deliver the invocation at the kickoff of Obama's inauguration this Sunday before the Lincoln Memorial.
(CNN) — The Rev. Gene Robinson, Episcopal bishop in New Hampshire, has accepted an invitation issued by the Obama team prior to the announcement of the Rev. Rick Warren’s selection to deliver the invocation at the president-elect’s swearing-in, Politico reported Monday.
Robinson had been a critic of Warren’s role, calling his inclusion in the event “really, really unfortunate” because of the California minister's support for California's Prop. 8, which barred same-sex marriage. [More...]