Pajamas media asked me to write a piece on the brouhaha over President-elect Obama’s invitation to Pastor Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at his inaugural next month. So, herewith a taste of my thoughts:
Like other gay Republicans, I have been amused by the brouhaha among gay activists, bloggers (and their allies on the left) over President-elect Obama’s choice of Pastor Rick Warren, a proponent of Proposition 8 which bars the state of California from recognizing same-sex marriages, to offer the invocation at his inauguration.Â Unlike some of my ideological confrÃ¨res, I don’t see this as a sign that he has thrown his gay supporters under the bus.
Gay activists, however, are up in arms.Â In a statement responding to Obama’s selection of Warren, Darrel Cummings, L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center Chief of Staff, contended:
If President-elect Obama’s selection of Rick Warren to give his inaugural invocation is intended to send a message to America that he will be an inclusive leader, then he has clearly made a decision that the exclusion of the LGBT community is acceptable.
Excluding gay people?Â Hardly.
To read the rest, click here to read the rest over at Pajamas.
I particularly like the subhead they gave the piece: “Opposing same-sex marriage does not make Warren â€” or anyone else â€” bigoted or hateful.” Though if I had my druthers, I might have added the word, “necessarily,” between “not” and “make.”