Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal church, on delivering the benediction at the pre-inaugural event at President Obama’s 2009 inauguration. Evangelical pastor Rick Warren gave the inaugural benediction.:
I was so honored to be asked by him to offer the invocation at the Lincoln Memorial. In some ways, it was so profoundly moving for me to be standing in the place where Dr. King delivered the “I Have A Dream” speech, where Marion Anderson sang and with Lincoln’s words behind me, you know, I didn’t care who else was praying. I was just so blessed to be asked. But it does matter. It does matter.
Image of Marion Anderson at the Lincoln Memorial via Wikicommons