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Gene Robinson to Maddow: 'No One Had a Bigger Tent Than Jesus'

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Robinson discusses his delivery of the opening ceremony invocation and participation in the inauguration, his prior meetings with Obama, the Rick Warren choice, same-sex marriage, and what's to come for the Obama administration and gay people.

Said Robinson: "I think gay and lesbian people everywhere should feel very welcomed by this administration...I long for a government that respects the dignity of every human being, especially those who are less fortunate."

Yesterday, Pastor Rick Warren praised Obama's choice of Robinson.

NOTE: Corey Johnson and I will be bringing you coverage and interviews from D.C. during the inaugural weekend as we did from Denver during the DNC.

Watch Maddow's segment, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gay Bishop Gene Robinson to Deliver Invocation at Inaugural Opening [tr]

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  1. This is nice an all, but inviting Bishop Robinson is a completely symbolic gesture, just like inviting Rev. Warren was a completely symbolic gesture. I think that the Warren selection is empty lip service to the right and the Robinson selection is empty lip service to the left. Symbols matter, but people tend to get carried away and think that symbols are as important as actions, which they certainly are not. In my opinion, neither choice affords any insight into what Obama actually will or will not *do* as president on the really important civil rights issues.

    Posted by: Thomasina | Jan 15, 2009 9:53:32 AM


  2. I think I came to this development late. Does this mean that Warren was disinvited or is this something entirely different now?

    Posted by: MT | Jan 15, 2009 10:01:49 AM


  3. If you are at all able, do try and meet Bp. Robinson. He's quite an interesting individual. Wickedly smart, compelling, peaceful, and easy to talk to.

    Posted by: Jeffrey | Jan 15, 2009 10:14:51 AM


  4. @ MT:

    Robinson and Warren are praying at different events: Robinson at the pre-inaugural party, and Warren at the inaugural ceremony itself.

    Posted by: Meanwhile | Jan 15, 2009 10:48:26 AM


  5. I don't think he understood the last point, it seems he thinks Obama wrote the gay marriage endorsement recently.

    Posted by: protogenes | Jan 15, 2009 11:06:47 AM


  6. Thomasina, I don't understand. A symbolic act is, it seems to me, an act as well as a symbol. Marriage itself is a symbolic act. It could be called "empty lip service" to convention or whatever, as you say the invitations of Warren and Robinson are empty lip service. To me they both seem like symbolic acts, which is really all Obama can do at this point. Try to find some positive instead of negatively cynical. We (GLBT) are in the best shape we EVER have been politically.

    Posted by: Stick | Jan 15, 2009 11:18:53 AM


  7. Thomasina, I don't understand. A symbolic act is, it seems to me, an act as well as a symbol. Marriage itself is a symbolic act. It could be called "empty lip service" to convention or whatever, as you say the invitations of Warren and Robinson are empty lip service. To me they both seem like symbolic acts, which is really all Obama can do at this point. Try to find some positive instead of negatively cynical. We (GLBT) are in the best shape we EVER have been politically.

    Posted by: Stick | Jan 15, 2009 11:20:13 AM


  8. Stick, what are you talking about? How are we in the best situation ever? So far we have a president elect who has thrown us off the bus and under it before even getting elected and with the country being in such a mess I'd make a bet with you that NOTHING gets done for us in the next 4 years, NOTHING. Warren is the tip of the iceberg, the message is VERY CLEAR we are dispensable and a pain in the neck.

    What Tomasina is saying is that we need to see what, if anything, he DOES. And after the Warren debacle some of us have lost our FAITH in this man who promised so much and has so far shown us nothing but the back of his hand.

    Padding the events around the inauguration with gay bands, interior decorators and Bishops doesn't make us part of the party it makes us the butt of some cliche joke. We might as well be asked to please not use the front entrance. And the guy who prevents us from joining his church who calls us pedophiles and freaks gets prime time.
    It fucking isn't rocket science.

    It wouldn't have been upsetting if W had done this, we would have expected it, but Obama??????? Sorry you lost me.

    Quit the DNC and let's make a real movement not dependent on political parties that wish we'd just go away.


    Posted by: changeplease | Jan 15, 2009 1:41:24 PM


  9. Stick, what are you talking about? How are we in the best situation ever? So far we have a president elect who has thrown us off the bus and under it before even getting elected and with the country being in such a mess I'd make a bet with you that NOTHING gets done for us in the next 4 years, NOTHING. Warren is the tip of the iceberg, the message is VERY CLEAR we are dispensable and a pain in the neck.

    What Tomasina is saying is that we need to see what, if anything, he DOES. And after the Warren debacle some of us have lost our FAITH in this man who promised so much and has so far shown us nothing but the back of his hand.

    Padding the events around the inauguration with gay bands, interior decorators and Bishops doesn't make us part of the party it makes us the butt of some cliche joke. We might as well be asked to please not use the front entrance. And the guy who prevents us from joining his church who calls us pedophiles and freaks gets prime time.
    It fucking isn't rocket science.

    It wouldn't have been upsetting if W had done this, we would have expected it, but Obama??????? Sorry you lost me.

    Quit the DNC and let's make a real movement not dependent on political parties that wish we'd just go away.


    Posted by: changeplease | Jan 15, 2009 1:41:49 PM


  10. Stick, what are you talking about? How are we in the best situation ever? So far we have a president elect who has thrown us off the bus and under it before even getting elected and with the country being in such a mess I'd make a bet with you that NOTHING gets done for us in the next 4 years, NOTHING. Warren is the tip of the iceberg, the message is VERY CLEAR we are dispensable and a pain in the neck.

    What Tomasina is saying is that we need to see what, if anything, he DOES. And after the Warren debacle some of us have lost our FAITH in this man who promised so much and has so far shown us nothing but the back of his hand.

    Padding the events around the inauguration with gay bands, interior decorators and Bishops doesn't make us part of the party it makes us the butt of some cliche joke. We might as well be asked to please not use the front entrance. And the guy who prevents us from joining his church who calls us pedophiles and freaks gets prime time.
    It fucking isn't rocket science.

    It wouldn't have been upsetting if W had done this, we would have expected it, but Obama??????? Sorry you lost me.

    Quit the DNC and let's make a real movement not dependent on political parties that wish we'd just go away.


    Posted by: changeplease | Jan 15, 2009 1:42:06 PM


  11. Barf

    Posted by: TANK | Jan 15, 2009 1:47:36 PM


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