Protests Tomorrow in Hollywood, Silver Lake Over Obama's Prop 8 Pastor
President-elect Barack Obama's selection of Orange County's infamous evangelical minister Rick Warren to lead his inauguration's invocation has met with much objection, mostly from the gay community, who believe Warren is homophobic. According to Top of the Ticket, "Obama has said he doesn't agree with some things Warren says and vice versa," but the two have agreed to disagreed rather congenially since this summer, when Warren invited Obama to speak at his Saddleback Church. Warren insists he is "not at all homophobic."
This weekend, people across the country are slated to conduct protests against Obama's decision to have Warren take the stage called "Light Up the Night", focusing on Warren's support of the "Yes on 8" campaign in California. The LA Weekly notes that "Obama will continue to get an earful he probably never expected" this Saturday night, when protesters are due to assemble locally in Silver Lake and Hollywood at candlelight vigils organized by Join the Impact, who have "also organized protests in San Francisco, New York, Washington D.C., and other cities, with the Warren controversy becoming a central rallying point."
But Obama's connection to Prop 8 proper is weak. The LA Weekly points out that "Obama, who made few campaign stops in California, saw little of the Prop. 8 battle in person this summer and fall, yet defended himself as a 'fierce advocate' for gay rights at a Chicago news conference last night. He does not appear to be backing away from his choice of Warren."
Obama and Warren at the Saddleback Church, Aug. 16, 2008 | AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File