January 20th, 2009
12:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Warren delivers invocation

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Controversial evangelical pastor Rick Warren delivered the inaugural ceremony's invocation on the west front of the Capitol at 11:48 am ET.

Barack Obama bows his head during the invocation by Rev. Rick Warren.

"Today... we celebrate a hingepoint of history with the inauguration of our first African-American president of the United States," Warren said. "We know today that Dr. King and a great cloud of witnesses are shouting in heaven."

Many liberal activists opposed the choice of Warren to deliver the invocation, largely due to Warren's outspoken opposition to gay marriage.

Warren supported California's Proposition 8, which narrowly passed last November, banning gay marriage in the nation's most populous state.

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soundoff (4 Responses)

    Warren is why I will not watch the Inauguration, but will pick up for the parade.

    I would have believed Barack was inclusive, IF he had also invited David Duke to share the same stage!

    Still, I do support Obama but not with the hope I had before.

    January 20, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  2. Alma

    This country, America is truly a blessed nation, thanks Pastor

    January 20, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  3. Moderate in N.E.

    I too left the room when warren took the stage.

    January 20, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  4. I enjoyed

    the Pastor's address very much.
    Get over it, "Bush Begone".

    January 20, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |