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Gay activists oppose Warren invite


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) — President-elect Barack H. Obama has invited Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at Obama’s inauguration ceremony Jan. 20 in Washington, D.C., and homosexual activists have reacted with outrage.

Warren, senior pastor of Saddleback Church, the Southern Baptist-affiliated mega-church in Orange County, Calif., angered homosexual activists when he endorsed Proposition 8, a ballot initiative that amended the state constitution to define marriage as being the union of a man and a woman. Prop 8, which passed 52-48 percent, overturned a state high court ruling that had legalized “gay marriage.”

“Your invitation to Rev. Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at your inauguration is a genuine blow to LGBT Americans,” wrote Joe Solmonese, president of Human Rights Campaign, which describes itself as “the nation’s largest gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender civil rights organization.” “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.”