The pastor of the Episcopal parish known as “the church of the presidents” will give the benediction at President Barack Obama’s inauguration.
The Rev. Luis Leon of St. John’s Church has been chosen for the honor. He replaces Atlanta megachurch pastor Louie Giglio, who withdrew from the ceremony last week after a sermon he gave years ago surfaced in which he condemned gay relationships.
A Presidential Inaugural Committee spokeswoman, Addie Whisenant, had said that the person chosen to give the prayer would reflect the administration’s beliefs. The Episcopal Church blesses same-sex relationships and elects bishops who live openly with same-gender partners.