[NATL] The Inauguration of President Barack Obama

NATL

Parade and Ceremonial Swearing-in Held January 21, 2013

Pastor Giglio Out at Obama Inauguration Over Anti-Gay Comments

By Daniel Macht and Sam Schulz
|  Thursday, Jan 10, 2013  |  Updated 12:59 PM EDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Pastor Out at Obama Inauguration Over Comments on Gays

WireImage

Rev. Louie Giglio will no longer deliver the benediction at President Obama's inauguration.

advertisement

Rev. Louie Giglio, an evangelical pastor from Atlanta tapped to give the benediction at President Barack Obama’s inauguration, has been dropped from the ceremony amid controversy over his past comments on gays, NBC News reported. 

The move comes after the liberal political blog Think Progress highlighted a past sermon where Giglio called homosexuality a “sin” and promoted “ex-gay” therapy. The site said the 54-minute sermon called “In Search of a Standard – Christian Response to Homosexuality” was from the mid-1990s.

For full coverage, visit NBCNews.com.

"We were not aware of Pastor Giglio's past comments at the time of his selection and they don't reflect our desire to celebrate the strength and diversity of our country at this Inaugural,” the Presidential Inaugural Committee said in a statement. “Pastor Giglio was asked to deliver the benediction in large part for his leadership in combating human trafficking around the world. As we now work to select someone to deliver the benediction, we will ensure their beliefs reflect this administration's vision of inclusion and acceptance for all Americans."

Giglio is founder of the massive Passion Conferences aimed at college students.

Four years ago, Obama faced a backlash from liberals when he tapped conservative pastor Rick Warren, founder of the evangelical megachurch Saddleback Church and high-profile opponent of gay marriage, to give the invocation.

His benediction that year was given by civil rights leader Rev. Joseph Lowery.
 

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
What's New
Get Our New iPad App
Now optimized for iPad, NBC 6... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out