January 12th, 2009
06:44 PM ET
3 years ago

Openly gay bishop to deliver first inauguration event invocation

Robinson became the U.S. Episcopal church’s first openly gay bishop in 2003.
Robinson became the U.S. Episcopal church’s first openly gay bishop in 2003.

(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.


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  1. James

    The election is over and he is still after the gay vote.

    January 12, 2009 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  2. Annie, Atlanta

    For all those on here talking about God and the bible as relates to the evils of homosexuality, do you honestly not see yourselves as evil? I don't think we were brought up on the same God.

    January 12, 2009 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  3. James

    To Ross Hart

    You are in left field and the lights are out. One day you will believe just as Darwin does now.

    God is real and homosexuality is a sin!

    January 12, 2009 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  4. Danny

    It's about time this country and it's leader truly represented this wonderfully diverse nation.

    January 12, 2009 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  5. Tim

    This is embarrasing to our country. Obama's team's message to God – we don't care what you think. This opening act is disgraceful – This is 1000 times worse than the combined mistakes of every U.S. President that has ever served.

    January 12, 2009 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  6. Frank in Wilton Manors

    I was going to offer a comment on this but decided not to since this whole argument about homosexuals, homosexual acts, homosexuality, etc is just stupid. If you don't like me because i'm gay it's a fair trade – I don't like you because you're an idiot.

    January 12, 2009 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  7. Georgia Peach

    Well I must state the dissapointment is great. This man is not a leader or an example. He signed himself into a drug and alcohol center after a spat with his male lover when he was in a total stupor just a short time ago. I am glad he was appearantly healed from that. Trying to please everyone is wrong and it shows definitely a path away from strength. Back to politics as usual.

    January 12, 2009 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  8. Loren

    Well as long as the homosexuals are happy, then we'll be fine. Barack and his people may want to portray him as the great peacemaker and inclusive of all groups, but this ploy to keep people and votes on his side for more political clought is as slimy as you can get. People may think Obama is their Moses and others may think he is their savior, but he is NOT the second coming of Jesus Christ. Put your faith in no man, America, else you be greatly deceived.

    January 12, 2009 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  9. aware

    Tolerence of murder and inappropriate sexual orientation is demoralizing and de-moralizing for America and Americans!

    When PEBO does not protect the "least of these" and condones an ignorance of anatomy he is not wise but just politically pragmatic! :(

    January 12, 2009 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  10. Pat

    I was happy to see Rev. Rick Warren invited to participate in a prayer at the inauguration, but I am appalled at the hatred and venom dished out to him because he is a born-again believer who believes God's Word that homosexuality is an abomination. And to have a male priest who is openly homosexual participate with an invocation, how can he pray to God, knowing that he is living the lifestyle he lives. How can he, and the rest of them, not believe what the Bible teaches? Because they have scales over their eyes, blind, but there is hope. Just accept Jesus Christ by faith and repent from our ways and follow Him.

    Yes, it is true, God certainly loves everyone, Jesus died on the cross for all, but He said "except you repent, ye shall likewise perish" and that a man must be born again or he cannot enter the kingdom of Heaven. It's not what man "thinks" that gets him to Heaven, it's believing what Jesus said about repentance and salvation. One thing for sure, we are accountable for our actions and one day will be judged. Eyes will be opened, and it will be too late. Christians are not bigots, we just believe God's Word is absolute truth.

    January 12, 2009 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  11. Sye the Pychic

    Please leave this poor old dude alone,he cant help how hes been programmed.I would like to thank this moderator for consistently throwing out my posts while leaving some of the worst posts ever seen anywhere on.Is that you Rebecca,you must really hate me for some reason,maybe the truth is to much for you to handle.

    January 12, 2009 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  12. state the obvious

    Dear Gays,
    Straight people do not have hatred for you so please stop playing the victim here. Please leave President-Elect Obama alone and let him address some real issues with our country

    Dear Robinson,
    You are misrepresenting the Christian faith and are the only one displaying bigotry. Please get off Obama's coattail and do not bad mouth Rev. Warren.

    Dear FAR LEFT!
    WHEN OBAMA SAID WE NEED CHANGE HE DID NOT MEAN CHANGE THE BIBLE AND EVERY OTHER TRADITION OUR COUNTRY WAS FOUNDED UPON!!! Hey gays and liberals, why dont you just write your own version of the bible and see what else you can try to screw up?! (if you arent already)
    Sincerely,
    Shrewd
    ps. selfish gays & far left, dont concern yourself humanity and people with real issues, I hope you get what you want.

    January 12, 2009 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  13. Minime

    Well it looks like another Clinton Time lag is on again.......All of the nuts and fruits come out for this one.....On the big day JAN 20th.....Nice thing about this is the Demos are going to turn on the gay bishop and obmamamamam man as ..Most people don't want this to be a staged event ....YA a GAy bishop and a Straight preacher at the same time .....Obmamamam needs to get new front men for calling in all of the fathiful on this one.......The nut time has started....Hang on america here it comes with no KY gelly....

    January 12, 2009 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  14. kwasiT

    Rodger Meyer, I couldn't agree with you more. In fact, you've done a far better job than I ever would regarding this matter. Thank you!

    All true believers who are somewhat saddened by Gene Robinson's upcoming role should find solace in Rodger's comments. God bless!

    January 12, 2009 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  15. PA

    The world is gone to Hades in a Hand Basket. If two men or two women want to have a relationship their business. If they want to marry and change the dynamics of family, parenting, throughout society it's society's business. It's hypocrisy at it's best. All are up in arms with Jeff Warrens' life style yet while he's imprisoned it's perfectly normal to put asunder traditional family values that were the norm since Biblical Days! Moralistic views are mocked and shunned. Religious beliefs can annilate a race. Those appointed to protect kill. Our children hero's are making today's headlines. God forbid we stand up for our beliefs! Equality reigns but we were never more unbalanced or divided and our children were never more alone, confused, stressed or agressive. Ya gotta love the new age! (sarcasm)

    January 12, 2009 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  16. A Really Conservative Realist

    At a boy. Teach our kids what's right....I mean left. Why don't you find more deviants to participate.

    January 12, 2009 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  17. American

    It is a real shame. I was hoping Obama would stick with his first choice and show his strength. Instead he has shown his weakness. I hope this doesn't foreshadow his ability to be a leader. I am a dissapointed American.

    January 12, 2009 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  18. Ralph

    People once used the many quotes in the Bible to defend slavery in the same way they use one ambiguous quote to prevent homosexuals from being free.

    We shall overcome. We always do as a nation... eventually.

    January 12, 2009 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  19. darwin

    Scientifically speaking homosexuality doesn't fit. If you truly believe in darwinism then you must believe survial of the fittest and the need to PROCREATE!!! last I checked it takes a heterosexual act to "spread one's seed." There is no proof that homosexuality is based in biology. Just a few papers offering weak correlations and as we like to say in the scientific world "correlation is not causation." I get tired of those who attack the religious for having FAITH in a doctorine, when all that is out there is FAITH in a feeling.

    January 12, 2009 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  20. Griff

    I listen???? Do you... Nope Otherwise I would... But most of all!
    They would.... America! You keep omitting....

    January 12, 2009 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  21. PA

    If two men or two women want to have a relationship their business. If they want to marry and change the dynamics of family, parenting, throughout society it's society's business. The world is gone to Hades in a Hand Basket.
    It's hypocrisy at it's best. All are up in arms with Jeff Warrens' life style yet while he's imprisoned it's perfectly normal to put asunder traditional family values that were the norm since Biblical Days! Moralistic views are mocked and shunned. Religious beliefs can annilate a race. Those appointed to protect kill. Our children hero's are making today's headlines. God forbid we stand up for our beliefs! Equality reigns but we were never more unbalanced or divided and our children were never more alone, confused, stressed or agressive. Ya gotta love the new age!

    January 12, 2009 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  22. H Nicholson

    Religion is a wonderful thing – it is just very unfortunate we cannot correct all its problems by getting rid of people!!!

    January 12, 2009 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  23. Jonah

    In general, this is a non-issue.

    More importantly, so many of the people commenting come off as just plain stupid. Vent all you like, quote scriptures and raise hell about it, but it will never have a true effect; because no matter how much you pray, there will always be gays. Spend your prayers and your time on things more fitting and more altruistic, because the gay community could care less about your intentions or about how you feel about their soul.

    Move on, to put it succinctly.

    January 12, 2009 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  24. Republican

    I think is very unfortunate that we as a nation have come to this kind of abomination. It is our true God who will have the last word in this world. Its very sad to have a president elect who has no respect for the American people.
    Wiggles,
    Savannah GA

    January 12, 2009 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  25. sandee in Portland

    For all those bloggers who say God wrote the bible, you need to educate yourselves. God didn't write the bible. A human being just like you and me tried to interpret what he thought God said to him. The bible can be interpreted many ways by many different people. That doesn't mean if one person interprets one way and another person interprets it another way, that either one of them is wrong. I personally thing Jesus was the greatest saleman ever! He convinced people he was the son of Jesus.

    January 12, 2009 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
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