The Presidential Inaugural Committee on Thursday issued a statement flatly denouncing anti-gay comments made by Rev. Louie Giglio, the pastor chosen to give the benediction at President Obama’s second inauguration.
“We were not aware of Pastor Giglio’s past comments at the time of his selection and they don’t reflect our desire to celebrate the strength and diversity of our country at this Inaugural,” said spokesperson Addie Whisenant. “Pastor Giglio was asked to deliver the benediction in large part for his leadership in combating human trafficking around the world. As we now work to select someone to deliver the benediction, we will ensure their beliefs reflect this administration’s vision of inclusion and acceptance for all Americans.”
Giglio has withdrawn from the inaugural ceremony.
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