Submitted By Todd on December 19th at 1:08am
inauguration next month.
Gay rights advocates and progressives denounced the decision to associate with Warren, an outspoken opponent of abortion rights, same-sex marriage and stem cell research, immediately after inaugural organizers announced the lineup for the ceremony yesterday.Barack says he's just celebrating diversity.
Obama emphasized today that although Warren will offer the opening prayer at the inaugural ceremony, the closing benediction will be given by Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, a civil rights icon who founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.But there is no celebration for those who don't subscribe to the liberal agenda.
The Human Rights Campaign sent a blistering letter to Obama (D) in which it called the choice of Warren "a genuine blow" to gay Americans, who supported Obama overwhelmingly in his race against Republican nominee John McCain.I suppose liberals would have been comfortable to have Reverend Wright there, reprising his "God Damn America" presentation?
The letter noted Warren's vocal support of California's Proposition 8, a ballot measure banning gay marriage in the state that was approved by California voters last month. "By inviting Rick Warren to your inauguration, you have tarnished the view that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans have a place at your table," the letter said.Did they really think Barack would be doing their bidding after the election? Apparently Wayne Besen, executive director of the gay group "Truth Wins Out" thought so.
"Far from an act that will unify, this is a stick in the eye to lesbian and gay Americans who played a key part in Obama’s victory. For all of Obama’s political gifts, he has an odious track record in picking preachers.”Barack has no intention of attempting to please the people who got him into office.