A key group that was influential in electing Barack Obama is upset today after it was announced that Rick Warren, an Evangelical Pastor, will conduct the inauguration benediction.
Warren draws this opposition from gay rights groups who are angered by his support of Prop 8, in California (the gay marriage ban).
However, Obama had these words to say in response: "America needs to come together, even when there's disagreement on social issues. That dialogue is part of what my campaign is all about." He also adds that he will continue to be a champion for equal rights including those of gays and lesbians.
The Human Right's Campaign, a gay and lesbian civil rights group, wrote Obama a letter stating its disagreement with his choice and urged him to reconsider. They also said: "We feel a deep level of disrespect when one of the architects and promoters of an anti-gay agenda is given the prominence and the pulpit of your historic nomination."
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