From Chris Geidner at BuzzFeed:
The Obama campaign’s decision to have one of Cardinal James Dolan, the Archbishop of New York and a key force in the fight to limit marriage to one man and one woman, has roiled President Obama’s allies in the LGBT community.
“While Cardinal Dolan has a respected track record in the ministry, his work to undercut the dignity of LGBT people cannot be overlooked. There are many faith leaders who would be an ideal fit to close out the Democratic National Convention — but Cardinal Timothy Dolan is not that leader,” Michael Cole-Schwartz, a spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign, the country’s largest LBGT political group, told BuzzFeed. “There are a plethora of faith leaders who embody the Golden Rule in their daily work – striving to serve those on the margins of society; working to bring comfort to those lacking it; and advocating for faith communities that welcome their LGBT sisters and brothers.”
Another group, Truth Wins Out — which has spent significant energies tracking anti-LGBT religious activity — compared the selection to Obama’s selection of Pastor Rick Warren to give Obama’s inauguration prayer, a move that had drawn significant criticism at the time from groups worried about the early signal they saw the move as making.