This in from Marisa about this homophobic choice to give the invocation…come on…can’t they find someone…ANYONE else? Here’s what you can do to make your voice heard. The LGBT community has been a huge support for the Obama campaign and we don’t deserve a slap in the face like this. -Val
By now, I am sure you all have heard that yesterday afternoon, the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies announced the schedule for the Obama-Biden Inaugural Ceremony on January 20. As you will see from the schedule at the bottom, it includes Rick Warren of Saddleback Church. In just 12 hours, this has caused an explosion among LGBT leaders and bloggers. People are starting to fire off e-mails & blogs complaining about the choice of such a prominent transphobic/homophobic bigot in such a ceremony, especially when Obama received such incredible support from the LGBT community.
Salon.com is reporting that the decision was not made by Obama, but rather by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) chaired the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies and made the announcement:
Here is the website for Feinstein’s Senate office. Unfortunately, the system was altered a couple of years ago so only residents can e-mail directly. That does not stop us from calling or faxing complaints:
Another contact is Emmett Belivau, the ED/CEO of the Inaugural Committee:
202-203-1715 or email@example.com
Parag Mehta is Obama’s LGBT liaison in the transition team: firstname.lastname@example.org
And I was just on a conference call on TUESDAY with Parag!
One blogger posted additional email addresses for people to write:
Regardless of who you supported in the election, it is a real insult to the LGBT community to give such a prominent role to such a bigot.