UPDATE: January 19, 2009
It looks like the salve did not soothe. HBO did not show Gene Robinson. That’s really amazing. I never thought of HBO as a tool of the anti-gay people in this country. That’s a shame. Who made this decision? HBO? Barack Obama’s Inauguration Committee?Gay Bishop Gene Robinson Left Out Of HBO Concert Coverage Bishop Excluded by HBO Broadcast, Opening Ceremony Prayer Edited Out Developing: HBO says they aren’t to blame for not including Gene Robinson in concert special Obama: We’d always intended for HBO to broadcast Robinson The invisible, inaudible Bishop Gene Robinson Video of Robinson invocation; Inauguration Committee nixed broadcast on HBO HBO, Presidential Inaugural Committee still pointing fingers over invisible Robinson invocation Curb Your Pro-Gay Enthusiasm: HBO shows no Big Love to Robinson speech Video: The speech of which we were Robbedinsoned
Tomorrow, I will speak before President-elect Obama at the first event of inauguration week.
Let’s use this as a moment to turn our beliefs into action.
Tomorrow, in one of the most humbling honors of my life, I will deliver an invocation at the first event of inauguration week.
Though many of us were deeply upset when President-elect Obama chose Proposition 8 supporter Rev. Rick Warren to speak at his inauguration, the fact that he also invited me – a proud gay man – is a hopeful sign of our president’s commitment to reach out to all Americans.
Now it’s up to all of us to capitalize on this moment and ensure that President-elect Obama works for equality.
As a gay American, a bishop, and a member of HRC’s Religion Council, I was open about my shock and anger last month at Warren’s invitation.
But I now feel it’s time to turn the page on that controversy – to come together and tackle the next set of challenges.
The blueprint calls for President-elect Obama to sign hate crimes legislation into law, to support a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act, to end unequal taxation of domestic partnerships and more.
In the spirit of hope, we ask President-elect Obama to follow this blueprint and keep his promises.
Tomorrow, I will be blessed to stand at the Lincoln Memorial before the next leader of our great country. His message has inspired countless Americans who have waited many long years to feel represented by their government.
I owe President-elect Obama the utmost thanks for allowing me to participate in such a historic event.
Whether you’re religious or not, gay or straight, please stand with me – declare your support for HRC’s Blueprint for Positive Change and ask your friends and family to do the same.
The Right Rev. V. Gene Robinson
HRC Religion Council
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