Religion and Faith

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Richard Blanco: First Latino LGBT Inaugural Poet

“Richard Blanco was made in Cuba, assembled in Spain, and imported to the United States,” and now he will serve as the Inaugural poet at the swearing-in ceremony this year, announced the Presidential Inauguration Committee (PIC) on Wednesday. At 44, Blanco is also the youngest-ever Inaugural poet and the first Hispanic and LGBT person to recite a poem at the swearing-in ceremony.

Latino Voices, the Huffington Post
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January 11, 2013

Conservative pastor drops out of Obama’s inauguration because of 1990s anti-gay sermon

That decades have passed since Giglio delivered the sermon in question made little impression on critics, who believed his selection was out of step with the times. Ross Murray, director of the program on religion at the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, said he didn’t want to set up a “false frame” that a person has to be “Christian or pro-gay,” but felt without a disavowal from Giglio, an inaugural prayer would send a subtle message to gays and lesbians: “God bless America, except for them.”

Washington Post
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January 11, 2013

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