Obama Administration

Homophobic Minister Withdraws From Presidential Inauguration

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The minister selected by President Obama to deliver the benediction at his inaugural later this month has withdrawn from the program amid a storm of controversy over remarks he made about homosexuality in a sermon in the mid-1990s, according to a source close to the inaugural committee.

The minister, the Rev. Louie Giglio, founder of the Passion Conferences, an Atlanta organization that brings college students together in prayer and worship, withdrew Thursday morning, a day after the sermon came to light.