"It is important for America to come together, even though we may have disagreements on certain social issues," the prez-elect said, defending his choice of Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren -- a same-sex marriage opponent. Obama said he personally would continue be a fierce advocate for equality for gay and lesbian Americans.
Equality California chief Geoff Kors said the decision amounted to choosing someone who 'declared war on one minority community'.
Warren's evangelical ministry is known more for its focus on social issues than many other evangelical pastors seen as strong political conservatives.
He calls his grand plan PEACE: Promote reconciliation, Equip leaders, Assist the poor, Care for the sick, Educate the next generation.