The Obama transition team has released a statement whose contents you’ll undoubtedly hear repeated by surrogates on cable news throughout the day. Since you’re busy and there aren’t enough hours in the day, here’s a quick summary of the statement: “Blah. Blah. Blah. And oh, yeah, did you know there’s a gay band playing at my inauguration?” We know. We hope they’ll be playing Chopin’s Sonata No. 2.
Read the full statement after the jump:
“Pastor Rick Warren has a long history of activism on behalf of the disadvantaged and the downtrodden. He’s devoted his life to performing good works for the poor and leads the evangelical movement in addressing the global HIV/AIDS crisis. In fact, the President-elect recently addressed Rick Warren’s Saddleback Civil Forum on Global Health to salute Warren’s leadership in the struggle against HIV/AIDS and pledge his support to the effort in the years ahead.
The President-elect disagrees with Pastor Warren on issues that affect the LGBT community. They disagree on other issues as well. But what’s important is that they agree on many issues vital to the pursuit of social justice, including poverty relief and moving toward a sustainable planet; and they share a commitment to renewing America’s promise by expanding opportunity at home and restoring our moral leadership abroad.
As he’s said again and again, the President-elect is committed to bringing together all sides of the faith discussion in search of common ground. That’s the only way we’ll be able to unite this country with the resolve and common purpose necessary to solve the challenges we face.
The Inauguration will also involve Reverend Joseph Lowery, who will be delivering the official benediction at the Inauguration. Reverend Lowery is a giant of the civil rights movement who boasts a proudly progressive record on LGBT issues. He has been a leader in the struggle for civil rights for all Americans, gay or straight.
And for the very first time, there will be a group representing the interests of LGBT Americans participating in the Inaugural Parade.”
Correct us if we’re wrong, but nowhere in there do we see the phrase, “We totally fucked up and we’re correcting the situation.” Call it triangulation, call it real politik, call it whatever you like, there is no reason gays and lesbians shouldn’t demand more of the President-Elect. In selecting Rev. Warren, Obama’s given anti-marriage equality advocates a huge gift. It’s not enough that Obama’s muddled stance on marriage equality already confuses voters, he’s now gone and invited one of America’s most powerful anti-marriage-equality voices to his Inauguration. Still unconvinced? Watch this ad Rev. Warren made during the election.