After much ado about Obama's stinky pick of anti-gay pastor Rick Warren to conduct the Inauguration invocation, Obama did the yin-yang thing. He chose a renowned gay bishop, Gene Robinson, to perform the Inauguration opening prayer.
My first thought was, oh, Obama is throwing crumbs to the LGBT community. But on second thought, you know what? I'll take the crumbs, however they may come. At least Obama made the effort. Put on a little lipstick before heading out the door. I'll take it. In fact, I feel downright jubilant about it. So I wanted to find out more about Bishop Robinson. Here's a quickie run-down:
- His parents were poor tenant farmers in Kentucky
- He was severely ill and partially paralyzed at birth, but overcame his disabilities
- He was married to a woman and then ordained an Episcopal priest shortly thereafter
- He has two daughters, with whom he is close
- He and his wife divorced, but remain good friends
- He has been with his current partner, Mark Andrew (whom he later married), for 20 years
- He became a bishop in 2003 and his diocese is in New Hampshire
- He is the first openly gay, non-celibate bishop in any denomination in the U.S.
- Has been in treatment for alcoholism
- His story was featured in a Sundance documentary, For the Bible Tells Me So
- And now, he has been chosen to give the Inaugural prayer for the 44th POTUS. Yeah!