Louie Giglio chosen to lead the benediction at President Barack Obama's second inauguration ceremony

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Pastor Backs Out of Obama Inauguration Over Previous Anti-Gay Comments


Rev. Louie Giglio, who had been announced as the pastor to give the benediction at the presidential inauguration, has now pulled himself out of the ceremony, after criticism of his previous anti-gay comments and actions, sources confirmed to ABC News.

Giglio, who is now Pastor at Passion City Church in Georgia and his role at Obama’s second inauguration was first announced Tuesday. But the liberal website Thinkprogress reported Wednesday on audio of Giglioi delivering a sermon in the mid-1990s in which he said homosexuality is a sin and advocated gay “recovery.”

HT: Denny Burk

Also the NYTimes: Minister Withdraws from Inaugural Program After Controversy Over Comments on Gay Rights