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Obama Selects Pro-Gay Episcopal Priest For Inaugural Benediction

Jim Burroway

January 16th, 2013

From CNN:

The Rev. Luis León told CNN on Tuesday the White House and the Presidential Inaugural Committee invited him last week to deliver the closing prayer at the 57th Presidential Inauguration.

León pastors Saint John’s Church, an Episcopal parish just across Lafayette Park from the White House, dubbed the “Church of the Presidents.”

“I found out last week,” he told CNN in an interview on Tuesday.

A source close to the inaugural committee confirmed León would be delivering the benediction and said a formal announcement would be coming later in the week.

The “Church of the Presidents” sets aside Pew 54  in case the President happens to drop by, which every President has done at least once since 1815. León delivered the invocation for President George W. Bush’s second inauguration in 2005. Which means that pretty much everyone should be happy with this choice. Right?

León’s invitation comes after evangelical pastor Louis Giglio removed himself from Obama’s inaugural program after an anti-gay sermon from the mid-1990s came to light.



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