From CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand 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.
Stigmata Over at Professor Dorf's blaw, Professor Buchanan objects to Obama's selection of racist bigot Rick Warren to deliver the "invocation" at the Inauguration. I agree with Professor Buchanan's take on Warren, although I'm even more opposed...
Gay bishop will open inaugural weekend The Politico: “The Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, who was elected the Episcopal Church?s first openly gay bishop in 2003, will deliver the invocation for Sunday?s kickoff inaugural event on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the Presidential Inaugural Committee said ...