(CNN) - The first openly gay priest ordained by a major Christian denomination will deliver the invocation at the kickoff inauguration event Sunday at the Lincoln Memorial.
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.
“It's about this particular venue and the role that he has in praying for all of America, and I'm just not sure he'd pray to God the same way I would,” Robinson told Beliefnet last month.
“…This particular choice [of Warren] is not about having everyone at the table for a discussion or some sort of general forum. Every choice related to who does what at the inauguration is highly symbolic, and I think the transition team failed to ask the question of what, symbolically, this might say to some of our citizens.”
Robinson said at the time his disappointment would not affect his plans to attend President-elect Obama’s inauguration.
THINGS JUST KEEP GETTING BETTER AND BETTER!!!!!!!!!!
It seems to me that the President of all the people of the United States of America is being all inclusive. The problem is...........
THE FUNNY THING IS PEOPLE ARE ACTUALLY BUYING TICKETS FOR THIS EVENT!!!!!!!
HOW CAN PEOPLE ACTUALLY SAY THIS ECONOMY IS BAD WHEN THEY HAVE MONEY TO SPEND ON THIS INAUGURATION?????
THE TICKETS SHOULD BE FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!
He and Warren should get along real well. This inauguration will be a circus.
Wake up America, don't keep on pushing God away!!!!
Now I get it. That's why Obama also chose Rick Warren first.
I notice the pattern now. Barack Obama will reach out to the right first, and then the left. That's a smart strategy.
This explains why even Pat Robertson praised him, while many on the left complained. He probably figures that the liberals have nowhere else to go, so he can appeal to them second. This way, he gets the best of both worlds.
I can honestly say that this is not how Washington normally works. Usually, politicians go after their own wing first, and to hell with the other wing, unless they absolutely have to. This is what Bush kept doing during his presidency.
I hear all prayers. Sometimes the answer is no.
It is ironic that this minister demands tolerance for his life choices (homosexuality in violation of his church's teaching) but cannot extend that same tolerance to another minister that has differing views on homosexuality. I don't hear him saying he should not give an invocation because it would offend all those who are offended by homosexuality.
Wow...maybe Palin will pick him as her VP running mate and we will get Dumb and Dumber III
The courage this man must have to stand up to his religious organization and come out. I have had gay friends in the past, and I work with a gay man currently, and the kinds of prejudice and hatred they have to face from others is astounding. I applaud this man's courage – to stand up and say "I am gay, and that's alright" within an organization that hangs onto old and worn-out beliefs that say someone who says that will burn for eternity. I think that his involvement in the ceremony will be a nice alternative to the bigotry and hatred of Warren.
I look forward to what he has to say at the inauguration.
After all, Freud said that the only abnormal sexual preference is not having one.
Anything goes. Anybody representing lesbians in this melting pot? Hope so.
Are civil unions a case of "separate but equal"? I'm trying to wrap my mind around the gay marriage issue and this is kind of what I've been thinking about lately. If it is a case of separate but equal, with the only reason for the separation due to a person's sexual orientation, then not allowing gay marriage is outright discriminatory.
On other other hand, two men being married to each other is fundamentally a different type of relationship than a man and woman being married to each other. So here we get into semantics, and for the sake of keeping the different types of relationships clear and distinct from each other, maybe it's not so bad to call gay relationships "civil unions" so long as those unions are granted all the right and privileges that marriages get. Just musing here.
This is digusting
P-E Obama, for the first time I am truly disappointed in your selection.
looks like satan has been really busy lately. lol
in Leviticus chapter 20, verse 13, GOD CALLS THIS LIFE STYLE AN ABOMINATION, God will be your judge just like he will all of us. God Bless America.
I really resent Robinson's attitude and grandstanding. He's torn apart his own church. Tolerance works both ways!
THE TICKETS SHOULD BE FREE!!!!!!
WHATS WRONG OBAMA SUPPORTERS YOU DON'T LIKE OBAMAS PICK???????????
I was anxious to watch a man make history, and now he allows a "gay bishop" to deliver the first invocation, at the Lincoln Memorial of all places! This is not what I want my children to see or understand. Never in my life have I seen so much hypocrisy!
That makes me sick,,,,,,i just lost all respect for obama to let this sodomite speak to america ... where is madeline ohara maybe we need to let her speake so not to ofend atheists ... change we dont need ,, show some backbone obama........
Wait...a gay bishop....anyways
IS THIS NOT PROOF THAT OBAMA JUST WANTS EVERYONE TO LOVE HIM< HE IS PATHETIC