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Wed Jan 16, 2013, 12:33 AM

Pro-LGBT Episcopal Priest Chosen To Deliver Benediction At Obama Inauguration

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A pro-LGBT Episcopal priest has just been chosen to deliver the benediction at President Barack Obama‘s second inauguration, after another priest withdrew when his extremely anti-gay sermon was discovered. Reverend Dr. Luis León, fourteenth Rector of St. John’s Church in Washington, D.C., will replace Rev. Louie Giglio of Atlanta, Georgia. Reverend León delivered the invocation at President George W. Bush‘s 2005 inauguration, and both the Bush family and the Obama family have attended his church.

“Leon’s own parish is known for welcoming openly gay members,” The Huffington Post reports:

The church, which has openly gay, non-celibate priests and has had a gay bishop, announced this summer that it would bless same-sex partnerships and ordain transgender priests. This month, the Washington National Cathedral, an Episcopal church, announced that it would also begin same-sex marriage ceremonies.



In this 2009 video, Reverend Dr. Luis León speaks in support of marriage equality, and says “diversity may be the hardest thing to live with, but it is also the most dangerous to live without.”

“I’ll be doing it,” said Leon, who declined to elaborate until the news was officially announced. A source close to the Presidential Inaugural Committee, speaking on background because the news had not been announced, confirmed the selection of Leon to The Huffington Post. The source said the official announcement would be made in coming days. The selection was first reported by CNN.

Reverend Dr. Luis León more closely represents the Obama administration’s policies, as the Presidential Inaugural Committee had promised when it announced Pastor Giglio removed his name from consideration.

“Leon began his spiritual journey when he was baptized into the Episcopal Church in Guantanamo, Cuba,” Huffington Post added. “In 1961, when he was 12 years old, he came to the U.S. on the “Operation Peter Pan” flights out of Cuba, joining thousands of children whose parents feared for their future in Cuba. When he arrived in America he was supported by the Episcopal Church in Miami.”

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Reply Pro-LGBT Episcopal Priest Chosen To Deliver Benediction At Obama Inauguration (Original post)
trailmonkee Jan 2013 OP
Behind the Aegis Jan 2013 #1
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trailmonkee Jan 2013 #2
WorseBeforeBetter Jan 2013 #19
RKP5637 Jan 2013 #3
AverageJoe90 Jan 2013 #4
Kablooie Jan 2013 #5
zipplewrath Jan 2013 #20
ReRe Jan 2013 #24
Cha Jan 2013 #6
Le Taz Hot Jan 2013 #7
FreeState Jan 2013 #21
HappyMe Jan 2013 #8
MadrasT Jan 2013 #9
trailmonkee Jan 2013 #10
Liberal_Stalwart71 Jan 2013 #11
dbackjon Jan 2013 #18
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trailmonkee Jan 2013 #12
beachgirl2365 Jan 2013 #13
wryter2000 Jan 2013 #17
allan01 Jan 2013 #14
Marrah_G Jan 2013 #15
wryter2000 Jan 2013 #16
Smilo Jan 2013 #22
Zorra Jan 2013 #23

Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 12:41 AM

1. Now, see, that wasn't so difficult.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 12:47 AM

2. .

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 12:42 PM

19. No kidding, even the freakin' Bush admin got it right back in 2005!

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 01:17 AM

3. K&R !!! K&R !!! K&R !!! K&R !!!K&R !!! n/t

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 01:48 AM

4. Would rec this a dozen times if I could.

Ah well. One rec and a merry kick will do. Thank you for doing the right thing, Mr. President.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 01:51 AM

5. Now that Obama doesn't need to worry about reelection he's beginning to flex his muscles.

and do things he thinks are right instead of what's politically acceptable.

This, plus his new gun regulation stance may indicate we've finally got the president we voted for back in '08.

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Response to Kablooie (Reply #5)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 12:48 PM

20. Like a republican Sec Def?

Not sure what you consider "flexing his muscles". This is his second choice for a preacher, the first one being another gay hating jerk. And be honest, he's merely being opportunistic on the gun issue. Not sure this action is any indication of a move to the left. We still get noise about elevated retirement ages out of this administration, the GOP is just too stupid to take him up on it. And he just signed a significant extension of security authorization dating back to the Bush days. Not sure Lew qualifies as a particularly progressive appointment either. Looks alot like more of the same really.

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Response to Kablooie (Reply #5)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 06:33 PM

24. I mirror your statements....

... I do think he has turned a corner, and none too soon.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 02:51 AM

6. Hey trailmonkee.. good to see you again and with such beautiful

NEWS!

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 03:14 AM

7. Being one of the first

to bitch LOUDLY about the President's first choice, I'll say a big kudos to the President and his staff for this one.

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Response to Le Taz Hot (Reply #7)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 12:50 PM

21. +1 n/t

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 07:15 AM

8. Kicking the good news.

I love what Rev. Leon says about diversity.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 07:19 AM

9. Seems like a good choice.

If they have to bring religion into the mix.

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Response to MadrasT (Reply #9)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 08:49 AM

10. listen to the video...not very religious....

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 09:56 AM

11. So, is the president a bigot or not? Make up your mind, folks!!

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Response to Liberal_Stalwart71 (Reply #11)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 12:39 PM

18. I would be more impressed if this had been the choice in the first place

Better late than never, and an excellent choice, but remember, he did pick multiple anti-gay bigots in both inaguarations first.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 10:30 AM

12. .

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 10:44 AM

13. proud to be a member of the Epsicopal church!!!!

 

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Response to beachgirl2365 (Reply #13)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 11:50 AM

17. Me. too!

I also belong to a welcoming and affirming congregation. At the request of our rector, I'm currently writing a hymn about diversity specifically including our LGBT members.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 11:33 AM

14. re:Pro-LGBT Episcopal Priest Chosen To Deliver Benediction At Obama Inauguration

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 11:34 AM

15. finally

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 11:46 AM

16. About damned effing time!

I can't believe they screwed it up again after Rick Warren.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 01:20 PM

22. Oh noes

this will make the baggers' head spin - a Cuban, pro-LGBT rights and all round good man who Bush was okay with. He, he, he.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 01:26 PM

23. Excellent choice! This is a perfect example of why leaders must be monitored, and criticized

whenever necessary, even when they are on our side.



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