Speaking on Larry King Live, Vice President-elect Joe Biden said the gay and lesbian community had “nothing to worry about” concerning Barack Obama's commitment to gay rights.

Obama's choice of Rev. Rick Warren to give the invocation at his inauguration sent shivers up the spines of gay activists last week. Warren supports the outlawing of abortion in all cases and is a staunch gay rights opponent. But his moderate tone on AIDS, poverty and climate change have made him controversial among social conservatives.

Gay activists say Warren is homophobic. They point out that his evangelical Saddleback megachurch in Southern California bans gays and lesbians from attendance, he supports the controversial ex-gay movement that claims gays can be “cured” through prayer, and, most importantly, he supported the passage of Proposition 8 – the California constitutional amendment that yanked back the right of gay and lesbian couples to marry in the state.

In that heated gay marriage debate, Warren likened gay marriage to an incestuous relationship, pedophilia and even polygamy.

Openly gay Massachusetts Representative Barney Frank (Democrat) said the pick was a mistake.

“Mr. Warren compared same-sex couples to incest. I found that deeply offensive and unfair,” Rep. Frank said on CNN's Late Edition.

“If he was inviting the Rev. Warren to participate in a forum and to make a speech, that would be a good thing,” Frank said. “But being singled out to give the prayer at the inauguration is a high honor. It has traditionally given a mark of great respect. And, yes, I think it was wrong to single him out for this mark of respect.”

But speaking with King, Biden said Obama's commitment to the gay community was firm.

“Barack Obama said you've got to reach out,” Biden told King about the Warren controversy. “You've got to reach a hand of friendship across the aisle and across philosophies in this country.”

“We can't continue to be a red and blue country. We can't be divided like we have been. And he's made good on his promise.”

“And I would say to the gay and lesbian community, they have nothing to worry about. Barack Obama, every aspect of his life, every aspect of his public life, and every commitment he's made relating to equality for all people, will be things that he will stick with and that they should view this in the spirit in which he offered the opportunity to – to Mr. Warren,” Biden said.

At the end of the interview, King asked Biden if we're going to be OK as nation.

“Yes, we are,” Biden answered. “We're going to be OK because of the American people. They have more grit, determination and courage than you can imagine.”