President-Elect Obama's upcoming inauguration has been tainted by controversy for many in the LGBT and ally community by the invitation to have Rick Warren present. PFLAG responded to President-Elect Obama last month in our open letter.
In a turn of events, Obama has also invited openly-gay Bishop Gene Robinson (who was a keynote speaker at our National Convention last year) to give a prayer at the inaugural invocation.
In keeping with openness and all-inclusiveness, Robinson is striving to be non-denominational and appeal to all Americans. Robinson told The New York Times today that “I am very clear.. that this will not be a Christian prayer, and I won’t be quoting Scripture or anything like that. The texts that I hold as sacred are not sacred texts for all Americans, and I want all people to feel that this is their prayer...[to] the God of our many understandings.”
How do you feel about this latest addition to the inaugural ceremonies? Do you think this is an olive branch to the LGBT and ally communities? Leave your comments in the comment section, below.