From Mike Allen at Politico:
BREAKING: The Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, who became the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop in 2003 and last year entered into a civil union with his gay partner, will deliver the invocation for Sunday’s kickoff inaugural event on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, with President-elect Obama in attendance. The event is free and open to the public. An Obama source: “Robinson was in the plans before the complaints about Rick Warren. Many skeptics will read this as a direct reaction to the Warren criticism – but it’s just not so.” Robinson has been referred to as “the most controversial Christian in the world.” A Sewanee graduate!
This is wonderful news! I don't necessarily believe it was planned this way before the Rick Warren fiasco. I think this is a response to the outrage. Which makes me believe the President-elect's claim that he does read his negative press (unlike President Bush). Excellent!
I wonder what Warren will say about this? Something offensive, I'm sure.
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