Source: Reuters UK
Date: Dec. 19, 2008
Rick Warren will give the invocation at the Obama inauguration.SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Barack Obama has chosen a pastor who opposes gay marriage as a speaker at his inauguration, creating a commotion over what inclusiveness will mean for his administration.
Obama chose Rick Warren, the evangelical pastor of the Southern California megachurch Saddleback, to give the invocation when he takes office in January. A gay rights advocate called the pick appalling.
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Rick Warren is a pro-life anti gay marriage evangelical. He advocated prop 8 ban on gay marriage in California. The gay and liberal community are furious with Obama for this choice.
Why is this such a surprise to the gay community? After all Obama is a Christian and during the presidential debates and throughout his career he has continually said that marriage is only between a man and a woman.
In an Interview with the Chicago Daily Tribune Barrack Obama said
"Iím a Christian. And so, although I try not to have my religious beliefs dominate or determine my political views on this issue, I do believe that tradition, and my religious beliefs say that marriage is something sanctified between a man and a woman".
On Aug 16, 2008 at the Saddleback Presidential Debate Obama said
"Marriage is a union between a man and a woman. I support civil unions for gay partners, giving them rights such as hospital visits with one another"
he also said " Jesus died for my sins"