It was announced this morning that openly gay Episcopal bishop Gene Robinson will be giving an invocation at Obama’s inaugural kick-off event on Sunday. This will be two days before the official inauguration where the less-than-gay-friendly pastor Rick Warren will deliver another prayer during the swearing-in on Tuesday.
This is a positive development for gay and lesbian folks who supported Obama in his presidential campaign. While so many of us were miffed at the choice of Rick Warren, whose anti-gay rhetoric and support of African churches that discriminate against homosexuals is well documented, this last-minute addition of Robinson should come as good news.
This action gets me wondering, though: Is this just spin control? Should we be asking why Robinson was added to the festivities this late in the game?
Or should we just smile and say thank you for throwing the gay community a bone?