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Norm Kent, Publisher of National Gay News: "Obama is being divisive. He is 'swift boating' us"
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The Presidents First Mistake:
Tell Ric Warren to Preach Somewhere Else
By Norm Kent
Norm Kent is the publisher of National Gay News and is a criminal defense and constitutional rights lawyer.

It is my obligation as the publisher of a national gay newspaper (www.nationalgaynews.com ) to weigh in on the President-Elects selection of Pastor Ric Warren to deliver an invocation at his inauguration. This is change we cant believe in.

As a spokesperson for the gay community, I want to make it clear that I find it offensive.
Mr. Obama is not being inclusive and post-partisan. He is being divisive. He is swift boating us. After Jeremiah Wright, you have to wonder about his selections for Divine Guidance.

Mr. Obama thinks he can move the needle and bring us all together in a unified effort for a common purpose. He sees an America where I can walk hand in hand with my partner down the aisle, and Reverend Pat Robertson will marry us. I think maybe our President Elect has a little too much of Harvard in him. I agree with Congressman Barney Frank. Some of these people will never be our friends. We are just always going to agree to disagree. If we can do so respectfully, that is great. But I dont have to invite as the best man to my wedding a pastor who would not marry me to my partner.

My message to Mr. Obama is that there is going to be no honeymoon either. The gay community in America has multiple voices and you can expect them to be heard. As this one instance with Pastor Warren shows, we wont be quiet. Our voices want more than lip service. We seek action. The President Elect has an obligation to fulfill his commitment to support gay rights by initiating acts consonant with the same, from moving the equal rights non-discrimination legislation through Congress, to an executive order eliminating arbitrary exclusions of homosexuals from the armed forces of the United States of America.

To those of you who are already apologists for an invocation from a pastor, whose politics has been one of exclusion, shame on you. There are too many other men and women the President could have picked. He chose not to, and Rick Warren should not be on the inaugural platform any more than the President elect should have invited him.

Please read the entire article at:

http://nationalgaynews.com/content/view/4337/173 /


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