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Inaugural pastor withdraws over anti-gay remarks

The evangelical pastor chosen to give the benediction at President Barack Obama's inauguration withdrew from the ceremony Thursday after remarks he made two decades ago condemning the gay rights movement surfaced. Ross Murray, the faith program director for the gay advocacy group GLAAD, urged the committee to choose someone for the role who reflects "the growing sentiment in the U.S. and in faith communities that LGBT people are full and equal parts of society."

Associated Press
January 10, 2013

Cory Booker Wrestled With His Own Homophobia

Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s December announcement that he would "consider" a Senate bid in 2014 — a decision that will raise his national profile outside files of the media establishment and party insiders — will bring new scrutiny to the Mayor’s record and past.

January 10, 2013


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