Reverend Luis Leon will give the benediction at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration. Rev. Leon, who is an Episcopal priest, is pro-LGBT. Originally, Obama had brought in anti-LGBT Reverend Louie Giglio, who asked to give the benediction. Two decades ago, he spoke out against the “aggressive agenda” of the gay community, and claimed that homosexuality is a lifestyle that could be changed. Giglio willingly bowed out of the inauguration.
In part, Giglio’s desire to be part of the inauguration was to raise the profile of the good he has done combating human trafficing.
Reverend Leon’s parish welcomes openly gay members, and has ordained trans priests as well as had blessings for same-sex marriages. Both President Obama and President George W. Bush have attended his Episcopal church with their families.
The native of Cuba, Leon was born in Guantanamo in 1961 and came to the US when he was 12. He settled in Miami.