From left to right Marian Shields Robinson, First Lady Michelle Obama, Malia, President Barack Obama and Sasha are greeted by The Rev. Luis Leon.
Rev. Luis Leon said that he received "hundreds and hundreds of e-mails" about his reference to gays in the benediction at President Obama's second inauguration.
In Sunday's sermon at St. John's, the historic Episcopal church across from the White House, Leon said, "You've heard my sermons, so I know it didn't surprise you, but it surprised a lot of other people."
Leon was chosen to deliver the benediction at the presidential inauguration after first-choice Rev. Louie Giglio withdrew in response to controversy over his previous statements about homosexuality.
Standing on the podium with the president and other dignitaries on Jan. 21, Leon prayed, "With the blessing of your blessing we will see that we are created in your image, whether brown, black or white, male or female, first generation or immigrant American, or daughter of the American Revolution, gay or straight, rich or poor."
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