January 21, 2013 at 12:47 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
‘God hates fags’ signs displayed on inaugural route
Westboro Baptist Church, gay news, gay politics dc

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church protest same-sex marriage in Washington DC. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

As President Obama’s motorcade drove from the White House to the Capitol, where Obama was to be sworn in, a handful of people displayed signs reading “God hates Obama” and “God hates fags” along what was to be the Inaugural Parade route following the Capitol ceremony, according to White House pool reporter Jenee Desmond-Harris.

Desmond-Harris reported that the overwhelming majority of the crowds lining the motorcade route cheered the motorcade, with many waving American flags.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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