Pastor Louie Giglio has been selected to deliver the benediction for President Barack Obama's second inauguration. reported that in a mid-1990s 54-minute sermon, titled In Search of a Standard – Christian Response to Homosexuality, Giglio, of the Georgia-based Passion City Church, advocated for therapies which claim to “cure” gay people's sexual orientation and called on Christians to prevent the “homosexual lifestyle” from becoming accepted in society.

“We must lovingly but firmly respond to the aggressive agenda of not all, but of many in the homosexual community,” Giglio says in the sermon available online. “Underneath this issue is a very powerful and aggressive moment. That movement is not a benevolent movement. It is a movement to seize by any means necessary the feeling and the mood of the day, to the point where the homosexual lifestyle becomes accepted as a norm in our society and is given full standing as any other lifestyle, as it relates to family.”

Homosexuality, he said, “is sin.” “If you want to hear God's voice, that is his voice to this issue of homosexuality.”

On “ex-gay” therapies, he added: “[W]e must reach out and we must aggressively move toward the homosexual community because we have a message and we've got something to say … our message is we know Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ is powerful enough to do anything and to do everything. … It is possible to change.”

On Wednesday, when asked by the Washington Blade's Chris Johnson about Giglio's anti-gay sermon, White House Secretary Jay Carney deferred the question to the Presidential Inaugural Committee.

“I haven't seen that report,” he said. “I would refer you to the inaugural committee. I haven't seen the report.”

(Related: Gay poet Richard Blanco to deliver Obama's inaugural poem.)