Andrew Marin Caught Up in Gigliogate

Andrew Marin was disinvited from the United Nations this morning:

I genuinely believe the UN just freaked out, not wanting the firestorm that happened against the White House to happen to them. Because if it did, their important message against the criminalization of homosexuality would be overshadowed by unnecessary drama. I get that, and even agree with it. I wish, however, they would have handled the invitation repeal in a more personal fashion. But such is life…

This morning I got an email, not a phone call or anything else, saying,

Hi Andrew,

Hope you are well.

Apparently some concerns have emerged and I have been asked by the committee to rescind the invitation to be on the panel for the event. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

That is it. They didn’t tell me what concerns were raised. Who was raising the concerns. Or they didn’t give me an opportunity to respond to said concerns. My guess, they could have been receiving heat from either of the activist conservative or LGBT worlds. Who knows when it comes to me? Both are a viable, accurate guesses. In light of this, if it is the conservative activist world, see here. If it is the LGBT activist world, see here. As I have shown countless times, if anyone has questions, just ask. I’ll always go on the record and respond to anything because I’m not trying to hide from anything or anyone.

Read the rest: I Just Got Uninvited from Speaking at the United Nations.

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  • Rob

    What has happened to us? Do we have to have full vetting of like ideology, and whose? We have many dark time in our history where well intentioned faithful pastors have been on the wrong side of history. As times change, we project back through our modern lens. So what about how we live through these transitions together? Can we find ways to disagree with grace? Can’t a pastor we disagree with still be equipped to give a benediction without partisanship?

  • monicalyn

    What are Marin’s qualifications to be invited in the first place? I’m stumped that he regularly interacts with the UN and is presumably paid to travel around and give input on these matters. Wow. He must’ve written one hell of a book.

    • Richard

      If I recall correctly, his book is the culmination of intensive years of research and immersion in Boys Town in Chicago studying the LGBTQ subculture to better understand it and ways to bridge gaps between that subculture and the evangelical subculture/larger society. Kind of how Mother Theresa received credibility to speak around the world on poverty issues – she’d been with the poor even though she didn’t do anything to ‘fight poverty.’ [in the sense of trying to eliminate poverty]

      • Todd

        I’m with monicalyn. It’s totally unclear to me why a random straight dude, who wrote a non-academic book about gay folk geared toward his anti-gay coreligionists, should be invited to speak about LGBT rights in a global context. Lots of straight people live in gay neighborhoods. It’s not like he’s Jane Goodall. In any event, unlike chimpanzees, LGBT folks are quite capable of speaking on their own behalf, and they would probably speak more articulately about LGBT subcultures than an evangelical straight dude.

        As a gay man, let me attest loudly and clearly that Andrew Marin is no Mother Theresa to the gays! He won’t even state clearly (unlike Tony) whether he believes gay sexual intimacy is inherently sinful.

  • Brian

    Read the book. It is good.