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Trump’s inauguration will be chock-full of anti-LGBTQ clergy

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A host of anti-LGBTQ clergy will join Donald Trump at his inauguration on Jan. 20, meaning it will look an awful lot like his cabinet.

Trump’s inaugural committee released the hall-of-shame lineup through a press release. Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan, Reverend Dr. Samuel Rodriguez of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, and Pastor Paula White of New Destiny Christian Center will offer readings and give the invocation.

Rabbi Marvin Hier, Dean and Founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Reverend Franklin Graham of Samaritan’s Purse and The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and Bishop Wayne T. Jackson of Great Faith Ministries International will offer readings and give the benediction will also offer readings and will give the benediction.

Graham was critical of Charlotte’s passage of an expanded non-discrimination ordinance offering protections for the LGBTQ community and was supportive of Amendment One, which defined marriage as between a man and a woman in the state constitution. He has called gay Christians “the enemy” and called for a boycott of all LGBTQ-friendly businesses.

Dolan lobbied against same-sex marriage in New York, comparing it to incest. While he is okay with gay people being friends, they must remain celibate or face damnation.

Rodriguez called the legalization of same-sex marriage “defacto and legal catalyst for the marginalization of Americans who embrace a biblical worldview.”

Jackson, in 2004, endorsed a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

White and Hier appear to buck the trend, with no known anti-LGBTQ views. White held a prayer vigil for the victims of the shooting at the Pulse nightclub, and Hier runs the Los Angeles’ Museum of Tolerance, which recognizes LGBTQ persecution.

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