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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.

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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.

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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?

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The retired U.S. senator, diplomat and Episcopal priest is counting on "nausea" to sour people on evangelical politics. | story
To that, we can only say "Amen!"

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