From the Concord Monitor coverage:
New Hampshire Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson, an outspoken, international gay rights leader, has been asked to give a prayer at one of President-elect Barack Obama’s first inauguration events at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
The announcement follows weeks of criticism from Robinson and gay-rights groups over Obama’s decision to tap the Rev. Rick Warren, who’s likened committed gay relationships to incest and polygamy, to pray on inauguration day.
Robinson, an early Obama supporter, said last month the choice of Warren left him feeling as if he’d been slapped in the face. In a telephone interview this weekend, Robinson, of Weare, said he doesn’t believe Obama has included him in response to the Warren criticism. But he said his inclusion won’t go unnoticed by the gay and lesbian community.
- N.H. bishop invited to D.C. to give prayer, Annmarie Timmins, Concord Monitor
- NH’s Bishop Robinson will be part of inauguration, the Associated Press report, Union Leader
- A good summary of coverage at Episcopal Cafe’s The Lead.
- New Hampshire bishop invited to offer prayers at inaugural kickoff event, Mary France Schjonberg, Episcopal Life Online
- Metafilter also discussed the appointment.