The Rev. Louie Giglio, who was to deliver the benediction at President Barack Obama's inauguration on Jan. 21, has dropped out of the ceremony because of criticism over anti-gay comments he made in the 1990s.
Giglio is the pastor at Passion City Church in Roswell, Ga. He stepped away from participation in the inauguration over a sermon in which he called for gay people to undergo therapy and urged his congregation to reject the "homosexual lifestyle."
Addie Whisenant, a spokeswoman for the inaugural committee, said organizers weren't aware of Giglio's comments at the time of his selection.