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The New Hampshire gay Episcopal Bishop, Gene Robinson will offer a prayer at the Lincoln Memorial on the Sunday before the inauguration.  This is really great news and seems to me to be an appropriate and brave gesture by the Obama administration.   

It is appropriate because so many of us who were so supportive of Obama during the campaign felt let down by the choice of Warren who wasn’t just against gay marriage, but someone who worked especially hard to pass Prop 8, and to support anti gay initiatives in other places.  It is brave because Bishop Robinson is, as an out gay man, also a polarizing figure, as his ordination has been the reason that churches have been splitting from the Episcopal Church.  They could have gone with another minister who was pro-gay, but for them to go with a representative of the LGBT community is especially powerful.  As Bishop Robinson told the Concord Monitor:

“It’s important for any minority to see themselves represented in some way,” Robinson told the newspaper for a story in Monday’s editions. “Whether it be a racial minority, an ethnic minority, or in our case, a sexual minority. Just seeing someone like you up front matters.”

I’m wondering, does this satisfy those who were upset by the Warren choice? It goes a long way for me.

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