Evangelical Pastor Rick Warren delivers a speech during the 8th Annual Convention of the Muslim Public Affairs Council in Long Beach, California on Saturday Dec. 20, 2008. Under fire for opposing gay marriage, influential evangelical pastor Rick Warren said Saturday that he loves Muslims, people of other religions, Republicans and Democrats, and he also loves "gays and straights." (AP Photo/Hector Mata)
ATLANTA (AP) - Gay activists are planning to protest The King Center's choice of the Rev. Rick Warren as keynote speaker for
Monday's observance of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.
Warren, pastor of California's Saddleback Church and author of "The Purpose Driven Life," will preach at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where King preached from 1960 until his death in 1968.
Todd Vierling, an organizer of the protest, says demonstrators plan to be outside the church during the address, which Warren will deliver on the day before he's to give the invocation at the presidential inauguration in Washington.
President-elect Barack Obama's selection of Warren to pray at the inaugural ceremony sparked an outcry from liberals and gay activists because of Warren's opposition to abortion and gay marriage.
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