Very promising news. The Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson, the openly gay bishop of the Episcopal Church in New Hampshire whose elevation created a schism in the Episcopal Church and the worldwide Anglican Communion, will deliver the invocation at the inauguration concert for President-elect Barack Obama this Sunday at the Lincoln Memorial. The concert will be the first event attended by Obama that weekend.
Bishop Robinson was an early supporter of the president-elect, and, like many progressives, expressed his disappointment at Obama’s choice of Rev. Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at the inauguration. Robinson said the right-wing anti-gay, anti-choice and anti-science televangelist deserved "to be at the table" but not in such a prominent capacity.
Politico's Mike Allen quotes an "Obama source" who says "Robinson was in the plans before the complaints about Rick Warren. Many skeptics will read this as a direct reaction to the Warren criticism – but it’s just not so."
Sure. That's why they were willing to give their name and stand by that remark.
The concert is certainly not as grand nor important as the inauguration, but, it is the official kick-off of the festivities. More importantly the location is rich is symbolism. Robinson will deliver his invocation at the same location where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the historic "I Have a Dream."
UPDATE: The concert talent has been announced and will include Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Heather Headley, John Legend, Usher Raymond ... and Queen Latifah. Possibly there are questions Usher and Latifah may have for the openly gay bishop.
Gay Bishop to Open Inaugural Weekend [Politico]