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Obama’s Big Gay-Friendly Inauguration Day

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2) Rev. Luis Leon Delivers Gay-Inclusive Benediction

After the controversy surrounding Rev. Louie Giglio, the original man of faith lined up to give the benediction who stepped down after fierce protest over an anti-gay sermon he made in the 90s that he has so far refused to denounce, it was refreshing to hear Giglio’s replacement Reverend Luis Leon deliver a sermon that specifically made mention of gay people.

Beyond just that affirmation, a first for any inaugural benediction, Leon’s benediction also gave a voice to the vast majority of moderate Christians who value the LGBT people in their lives and do not think of them as sinful. For this reason, Reverend Luis’ gay-inclusive benediction was doubly powerful in this regard.

Said Leon:

We pray for your blessing because without it, we will see only what the eye can see. But with the blessing of your blessing we will see that we are created in your image, whether brown, black or white, male or female, first generation or immigrant American, or daughter of the American Revolution, gay or straight, rich or poor.

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8:44AM PST on Jan 31, 2013

Although I am Czech, and not an American, I am so grateful Obama got re-elected. It shows victory for common-sense politics, trying to find consensus, trying to resolve differences by openly discussing them instead of automatic threats and sabre-rattling.

To GOP at Capitol Hill - please stop filibustering and generally behaving like selfish three-year-olds, and start listening to Obama. Start putting everyday interests of vast majority of American people above your narrow party-political interest. The goal should be "let's make America/world a better place" instead of "let's keep tripping Obama up again and again". Thank you.

4:54AM PST on Jan 30, 2013

I think he's quite brave to speak his mind.

6:57AM PST on Jan 28, 2013

Noted - yippee

2:00AM PST on Jan 27, 2013

thanks for sharing

2:22AM PST on Jan 26, 2013

thanks

9:32PM PST on Jan 24, 2013

Monumental. So much pride for this cause. What a great day.

8:51AM PST on Jan 24, 2013

This is the Petition to top to ban on LGBT's in Russia: http://www.yousign.org/en/LGBT

12:32AM PST on Jan 24, 2013

stars to Marilyn L and John B, cannot send you more than one a week, sheesh!
Kudos to you both! Love the comments and the good you do being here on Care2

12:21AM PST on Jan 24, 2013

I watched the entire inauguration on PPS, I also had my four year old daughter watching it with me, explaining why certain aspects were so important. I wept with joy during most of the speeches. Myrlie Evers-Williams speech was important as well, Her husband was gunned down in their driveway in 1963 and she continued his activism all these years. I have numerous friends in same sex relationships, some with small children as well, I know my daughter does not see any difference between 2 moms, 2 dads, or 1 mom 1 dad, what was shocking to her is that some children only have 1 mom, 1 dad, or 0 parents. I am proud of the fact she is blind to bigotry. She will stand up for people, she already proved it getting in trouble in preschool with an over Religious teacher telling her that children cannot have 2 moms or 2 dads living in the same house. I had to explain to the teacher that we have friends, so yes they can, and no she cannot argue with a four year old, she was being prejudice and non christian. well that was the end of that : ) Some times living in the bible belt drives me insane!

10:45PM PST on Jan 23, 2013

Magic.

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