Louis Giglio, a Georgia-based pastor who had been selected to give the benediction at President Obama’s inauguration, has dropped out from the program after reports that he gave an anti-gay sermon in the 1990s.
Giglio’s decision, which was first reported by ABC News, comes after the liberal blog ThinkProgress unearthed a sermon in which he encouraged Christians to fight homosexuality being “accepted as a norm in our society and … given full standing as any other lifestyle.”
White House press secretary Jay Carney was asked about Giglio’s participation in the ceremony during Wednesday’s press briefing, but said he had not seen the ThinkProgress report.
“I would simply point you to President Obama’s record on LGBT issues as representative of his beliefs and convictions, his policies and where he believes this country is moving and where he hopes to lead it,” Carney said.
via The Hill