The largest Lutheran organization in the U.S., the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, voted Friday to bring gay and lesbian clergy members into its fold -- provided they are in committed relationships -- signaling another seismic shift in the American Protestant scene this year.
Although it doesn't look like the Church of England is getting with the program at the moment, its American counterpart, the Episcopal Church, is preparing to officially perform same-sex marriages and to approve gay and lesbian bishops. One openly gay bishop, Gene Robinson, was ordained in 2003.
Here's the footage of openly gay Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson's invocation, which he delivered Sunday before the inaugural concert festivities began -- and which was not included in HBO's special broadcast of the show. But was it the network's choice or Team Obama's?
Clearly Barack Obama and his legion of inauguration planners have registered the gay community's dismay over the selection of the Rev. Rick Warren to deliver the inaugural invocation on Jan. 20, as Obama has tapped the openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson to lead the prayer session at an event two days prior.