Gay groups: Prayer day leader should be disinvited from Capitol, Pentagon events

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gay rights groups say a pastor who has preached against gay marriage shouldn't be allowed to lead this Thursday's National Day of Prayer events at the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill.

California Pastor Greg Laurie, the honorary chairman of this year's National Day of Prayer, has said the Bible calls gay sex sinful.

The Rev. Allyson Robinson, executive director of the gay military group Outserve-SLDN, says that should disqualify him from speaking at the Pentagon now that gays can serve openly and be married in many military chapels.

The Human Rights Campaign's religion and faith program director, Sharon Groves, says Laurie shouldn't be welcome on Capitol Hill either.

Similar complaints prompted the withdrawal of the Rev. Louie Giglio from delivering President Obama's inaugural prayer in January.

A spokeswoman for Laurie says he's aware of the complaints and still plans to attend both events in Washington this week.

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291-w-32-(Steve Coleman, AP religion editor, with the Reverend Allyson Robinson, executive director of Outserve-SLDN, and Sharon Groves, director of the Human Rights Campaign's Religion and Faith program)--Gay rights groups say a pastor who has preached against homosexuality shouldn't be allowed to lead this Thursday's National Day of Prayer events at the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill. AP Religion Editor Steve Coleman reports. (29 Apr 2013)

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292-a-05-(The Reverend Allyson Robsinson, executive director, Outserve-SLDN, in AP interview)-"to Pastor Laurie"-The Reverend Allyson Robsinson, executive director of Outserve-SLDN, says the Reverend Greg Laurie shouldn't have been invited to a Pentagon National Day of Prayer gathering. (29 Apr 2013)

<<CUT *292 (04/29/13)>> 00:05 "to Pastor Laurie"

293-a-05-(The Reverend Allyson Robsinson, executive director, Outserve-SLDN, in AP interview)-"as being disordered"-The Reverend Allyson Robsinson, executive director of Outserve-SLDN, says the Reverend Greg Laurie has expressed unacceptable views on homosexuality. ((cut used in wrap)) (29 Apr 2013)

<<CUT *293 (04/29/13)>> 00:05 "as being disordered"

294-a-07-(Sharon Groves, director of the Human Rights Campaign's Religion and Faith program, in AP interview)-"this administration holds"-Sharon Groves, director of the Human Rights Campaign's Religion and Faith program, says the Reverend Greg Laurie's opposition to homosexuality should disqualify him from appearing at the Pentagon or on Capitol Hill this Thursday. ((longer version of cut used in wrap)) (29 Apr 2013)

<<CUT *294 (04/29/13)>> 00:07 "this administration holds"

295-a-09-(Sharon Groves, director of the Human Rights Campaign's Religion and Faith program, in AP interview)-"of our country"-Sharon Groves, director of the Human Rights Campaign's Religion and Faith program, says the Reverend Greg Laurie is out of step with America's changing views on homosexuality. (29 Apr 2013)

<<CUT *295 (04/29/13)>> 00:09 "of our country"

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