Some in the LGBT community are already expressing outrage over the selection of Pastor Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration. The selection of Warren, who heads Saddleback Church in California, is being compared to Obama’s appearance with “ex-gay” gospel singer Donnie McClurkin during the Democratic primary. While Warren is often referred to as a “moderate evangelical,” he was pretty clear in his support for Proposition 8 in California, as you can tell by watching the above video.
UPDATE: People for the American Way has issued a statement saying it’s “profoundly disappointed” with the selection of Warren. And the gay blog Box Turtle Bulletin has posted a list of Obama people you can contact to express your outrage, should you have any.
UPDATE NO. 2: Regardless of Obama’s motives, which are being speculated about in the comments below, he is facing major backlash from the LGBT community over this decision. Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, has drafted a letter to Obama asking him to reconsider the selection of Warren, which is called “a blow to the LGBT community.” The letter also says Obama has “tarnished the view that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans have a place at [his] table.” Ouch.