Derrick Z. Jackson
The Boston Globe
December 23, 2008
FOR AN INAUGURAL invocation for which he should have selected the most ecumenical minister possible, President-elect Barack Obama selected Rick Warren, who is fresh off his vocal endorsement of California's successful Proposition 8, which overturned the state law allowing gay marriage.
Obama earned an outpouring of support from gay and lesbian voters, even though his personal stand on gay marriage was standard political fare, stopping at civil unions. Gay advocacy groups praised how he included them rhetorically in speech after speech. Now, a month before that great day that could bring all Americans together unlike any in the nation's history, Obama has gone out of his way to pick someone for the invocation who is not even close to being a pastor for all Americans.
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