He has reached out to Rick Warren, but when will he reach out to gays?
...The angry reaction to this insult has been heartening. Obama, with this overture to anti-gay evangelicals who didn't support him in 2008 and won't vote for him in 2012, succeeding in bringing about the unity he often speaks about: everyone from Andrew Sullivan to the Human Rights Campaign criticized him.
Sullivan, an early and ardent Obama supporter, wrote, "If anyone is under any illusion that Obama is interested in advancing gay equality, they should probably sober up now. He won't be as bad as the Clintons (who, among leading Democrats, could?), but pandering to Christianists at his inauguration is a depressing omen."
.... And HRC President Joe Solmonese's anger extends beyond the Warren flap to Obama's failure to name an openly gay Cabinet member, something that transition team members had heavily hinted would happen in closed door meetings with gay rights leaders.