Warren's Inauguration Role Angers Gay Leaders
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 17, 2008 7:57 PM CST
Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church, speaks during a panel discussion on rural development in New York.   (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

(Newser) – Gay-rights groups are fuming over Barack Obama's selection of evangelist Rick Warren to perform the invocation at his inauguration ceremony, Politico reports. Warren opposed California's recently defeated Proposition 8 that would have legalized gay marriage. His selection may help Obama mend fences with conservative voters, but gay activists say they feel insulted and won't let it pass quietly.

“(We) feel a deep level of disrespect when one of architects and promoters of an anti-gay agenda is given the prominence and the pulpit of your historic nomination," the leader of the Human Rights Campaign wrote to the president-elect. “It’s a huge mistake,” said another activist. “He’s really the wrong person to lead the president into office.

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Dec 19, 2008 1:20 AM CST
Great comments tpanyday
Dec 18, 2008 6:32 AM CST
Marriage is between a Male and a Female. Obama made a solid choice.
Dec 18, 2008 2:53 AM CST
First of all it doesn't change his stance on what he still believes in. Try to understand why he choose him and the message behind it instead of focusing on the negative. Just because a person speaks at an event doesn't mean that Obama has suddenly changed his views and support. Furthermore, stop being selfish and get over it, focus on the real issues of the world. We are in an economic crisis, unemployment rate is high and homelessness is going up. There are real serious issues to focus on than who speaks at an inauguration. As long as there are ignorant people in the world there is always going to be racism, prejudice, etc... No matter how hard people fight to change it. Stop complaining about every little thing that doesn't go your way.