Andrew Sullivan's recent thoughts on the situation eerily reflect my own. From a post on his blog, The Daily Dish:
Dish readers will know my own conflicted feelings about the selection of Rick Warren for the Inaugural Invocation. But feelings must at some point cede to reason. And I sense an understandable but, the more I think about it, misjudged response on the part of my fellow gays and lesbians. In our hurt, we may be pushing away from a real opportunity to engage and win hearts and minds.One reality that i think some lgbt folks may be missing is that if Obama had gathered together a representative group of, let's say, 100 evangelical Christian clergy and then had randomly picked one to deliver the invocation, that randomly chosen pastor would most likely share Rev. Warren's views on gay rights & abortion rights. The evangelical right exists, and much of the prejudice & ignorance we face is rooted in the soil they're tending. If we want to make headway against their anti-gay stance, perhaps we should tolerate their existence, at least to some small degree, as we move inexorably, inevitably toward achieving our goals.
Why not take Obama's choice of Warren as an opportunity to shine more light on the utter lack of compassion and integrity in Warren's anti-gay views? To get our truth out there while the media's looking for angles to cover? Believe me, if all we do is protest and complain, it's like a Christmas gift to those who oppose our equality.
Pam Spaulding at Pam's House Blend shares another good point about this situation. Namely, that civil rights giant, the Rev. Joseph Lowery, has been chosen to bookend Warren by delivering the Inaugural Benediction. Lowery's participation could quite possibly make Warren look mighty small in comparison.
Still, i wish Lowery were delivering the invocation, and Warren (if the choice stands) the benediction. And i think that the inauguration team under-estimated the effect that the choice of Warren would have on lgbt Americans. Let's just hope that President-elect Obama actually does fiercely support equal rights for lgbt people, and that his stance on abortion really turns out to be what he said it was during the campaigns.