President-elect Obama’s inaugural committee has asked Rev. Gene Robinson, the first openly gay person to be ordained an Episcopal bishop, to deliver the invocation at the inaugural’s opening ceremony on Sunday, January 18. The opening ceremony will be held at the Lincoln Memorial, and it is the first event that President-elect Obama will be attending. This news comes after weeks of fallout from the selection of Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at Obama’s swearing-in ceremony.
I think that this is an important–though belated–step to signal that the Obama administration values the lesbian and gay community, even as it reaches out to the evangelical community.