President-elect Barack Obama has created a storm of protest from gay activists because he invited Rick Warren, a noted opponent of gay rights, to deliver the opening prayer at the inauguration ceremonies on the steps of Congress. Opponents of the selection argue there are hundreds of possible pastors to deliver the sermon, but Obama chose a noted right wing evangelical leader who is against abortion and gay rights. Obama defended his choice of Warren by arguing: “It is no secret that I am a fierce advocate for equality for gay and lesbian Americans. It is something that I have been consistent on and something that I intend to continue to be consistent on during my presidency. What I’ve also said is that it is important for America to come together, even though we m ay have disagreements on certain social issues.”
Gay rights activists regard the selection as a ‘slap in the face to millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who donated for, worked for and helped elect Obama.” This is one of those situations in life where one could argue both sides of the question. Gays and lesbians have every right to be furious. Obama also has logic on his side in bringing into the tent those who disagree with him. Perhaps, Barack Obama is being under rated because he may be campaigning for re-election even before he has been sworn in for the first term.