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Kevin Naff - Change is Coming

Filed By Ed Team | January 17, 2009 7:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: Gene Robinson, Kevin Naff, Obama Inauguration, rick warren, Washington Blade

"The choice of Warren, an anti-gay Proposition 8 supporter and evangelical megachurch pastor, to deliver the invocation prompted stinging criticism from gay circles over the past few weeks. Some critics won't be mollified and are determined to stay mad at Obama. Clearly, the choice of Warren was offensive and it's unlikely the Obama camp foresaw the extent to which mainstream media covered the angry gay response.

But since then, Obama has made many encouraging moves. For example, he chose gay Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson to offer a prayer at a Sunday inaugural kickoff event. Robinson will address the massive crowd from the Lincoln Memorial at an official inaugural event that Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden are expected to attend.

This is a welcome development that gays should applaud. Robinson's presence will allow fellow gay Americans to see themselves reflected in next week's historic inaugural festivities. And Robinson will serve as a fine representative of LGBT people; if only Warren would follow his lead. "

-- Washington Blade editor Kevin Naff

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