Atlanta pastor Louie Giglio has back out of delivering the benediction at President Obama’s swearing-in ceremony, as controversy focused on past anti-gay comments he made in a sermon posted online.

Per the Washington Post, he said, “It is likely that my participation, and the prayer I would offer, will
be dwarfed by those seeking to make their agenda a focal point of the
inauguration. Though the president and I do not agree on
every issue, we have fashioned a friendship around common goals and
ideals, most notably, ending slavery in all its forms.”

The Presidential Inaugural Committee issued a statement, saying, “We were not aware of Pastor Giglio’s past comments at the time of his
selection and they don’t reflect our desire to celebrate the strength
and diversity of our country at this Inaugural. Pastor Giglio was asked
to deliver the benediction in large part for his leadership in combating
human trafficking around the world. As we now work to select someone to
deliver the benediction, we will ensure their beliefs reflect this
administration’s vision of inclusion and acceptance for all Americans.“

Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, said, “It was the right decision. Participants in the Inaugural festivities
should unite rather than divide. Choosing an affirming and fair-minded
voice as his replacement would be in keeping with the tone the president
wants to set for his Inaugural.”