President-elect Barack Obama's inaugural committee is taking the hit today for V. Gene Robinson's invocation at the Sunday welcoming concert not being televised nationally, Politico reports.
Tens of thousands of attendees did hear the opening prayer given by Robinson, the openly gay New Hampshire Episcopal bishop, but viewers on HBO's broadcast missed it.
The inaugural committee says the entire broadcast, including Robinson's invocation, will be shown on the big TV screens along the National Mall on Tuesday.
"We had always intended and planned for Rt. Rev. Robinson’s invocation to be included in the televised portion of yesterday’s program. We regret the error in executing this plan – but are gratified that hundreds of thousands of people who gathered on the mall heard his eloquent prayer for our nation that was a fitting start to our event," inaugural committee spokesman Josh Earnest told Politico.
Robinson had been given the slot after he and other gay advocates protested Obama's selection of evangelical preacher Rick Warren to give the invocation at Tuesday's inauguration. Warren pushed for Proposition 8, which overturned gay marriage in California.
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