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Lesbian Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin named Obama inaugural co-chair

Baldwin U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin of Madison, Wisc., a lesbian, has been named an honorary co-chair of President-elect Obama's inauguration. The announcement comes a few days after the Obama team said that Rick Warren, a Christian conservative minister who campaigned against gay marriage in California, will deliver the inaugural invocation.

Here's the official announcement about Baldwin and the other co-chairs:


Presidential Inaugural Committee Announces Honorary Co-Chairs

Bipartisan Collection of Distinguished Americans to Help Lead Inaugural Activities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Committee announced the honorary co-chairs for the Inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden.

In keeping with the President-elect's commitment to an inclusive and bipartisan Inauguration, the list of honorary co-chairs includes members of the President-elect and Vice President-elect's immediate families as well as prominent Americans from both sides of the aisle who have dedicated their lives to selfless service to their fellow citizens.

"Vice President-elect Biden and I are grateful to these distinguished men and women for agreeing to serve as Honorary Co-Chairs for the Inauguration," said President-elect Obama.  "From family members to former Presidents, each of these leaders has an unwavering commitment to bipartisan cooperation and a proud record of service to their community and our country.  They exemplify the spirit of unity and shared purpose this Inauguration will reflect."

The Honorary Co-Chairs for the 2009 Presidential Inauguration are:

President Jimmy Carter

President George H. W. Bush

President William J. Clinton

Mayor Adrian Fenty

Senator Dick Durbin

Senator Dick Lugar

Senator Claire McCaskill

Representative Tammy Baldwin

Representative Artur Davis

Representative Ray Lahood

Representative Linda Sánchez

General Colin Powell

Hunter and Kathleen Biden

Craig Robinson

Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng

For the latest information on the 2009 Presidential Inauguration, please visit www.pic2009.org.


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