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It is extremely disappointing and hurtful that President-elect Obama has chosen California Rev. Rick Warren
It is extremely disappointing and hurtful that President-elect Obama has chosen California Rev. Rick Warren
Equality California | www.eqca.org
Geoff Kors
Executive Director

It is extremely disappointing and hurtful that President-elect Obama has chosen California Rev. Rick Warren, who actively supported Prop 8 and the elimination of existing civil rights for LGBT Californians, to give the invocation at his inauguration.

Accordingly, I have decided to decline the invitation to attend the inauguration as I cannot be part of a celebration that highlights and gives voice to someone who advocated repealing rights from me and millions of other Californians.

I was looking forward to hearing a speech by the new President about his vision of a new America and an end to the politics of division where one group is pitted against another.

Rick Warren does not share that vision. Far from it. Instead, he actively works to divide Americans based on who we are and has been an ardent supporter of efforts to ostracize LGBT Americans. He compared "gay marriage to incest, pedophilia and polygamy and repeated the inaccurate charge that without Prop 8, conservative preachers could be prosecuted for hate crimes. He described 'social gospel' Christians of the 20th century as closet Marxists."

It would be impossible for me to attend the Inauguration where a person who has worked to deny my and Equality California members equality is setting the tone.

Respectfully,
Geoff Kors
Executive Director
Equality California

* "Inviting pro-Prop 8 Rev. Rick Warren to inauguration 'disrespects' gays," Joe Garofoli, SF Gate Politics Blog

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/sfgate/detail?blogid=14&entry_id=33772

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