But Obama has made no secret he is friends with Warren and actually disagrees with his views on these issues. Does that mean he made the wrong choice in picking Warren for this job?
In my view, absolutely not. It goes back to what Obama has said all along. He wants to be an inclusive, centrist leader. That's why he appointed rivals in the democratic primary to top posts, and why he is also filling top posts with Republicans.
In Warren's case, Obama hasn't even gone that far. He hasn't made him Czar of Marriage or given him any role where he'll have any influence over policy. He's just given him a platform which some in the gay community think he will use to bash gays. I really can't imagine Obama would invite someone who would preach bigotry during a presidential inauguration so I'm not holding my breath for the anti-gay rant.
The president is trying to make a point about inclusiveness, that people can work together without agreeing on every issue. I don't suppose it matters much to gays that he's allowing an openly gay and lesbian band to march in his inaugural parade, which is more than Bill Clinton did? Or that he's planning to do away with Don't Ask/Don't Tell, a stupid ill-conceived policy?
Whereas Bush only paid lip-service to being a Uniter and not a Divider (he was more of a Decider really), Obama is actually living up to what he said in his campaign. I find it remarkable that the liberal groups who most often complain about intolerance are themselves intolerant of other people's views.
I'm not saying I agree with what Warren has to say. But I appreciate that he, like Obama, is committed to an open and civil discussion about all the issues, even the ones on which the two men don't agree.
And if people who are angry about this think they'll find a greater friend in the other party, they're sadly mistaken. This will be the most progressive administration ever when it comes to gay rights. Gays and liberals shouldn't get hung up on the symbolism here; they'll appreciate the substance of what Obama does more.