California Pastor Greg Laurie opened the National Day of Prayer at the Pentagon Thursday, despite opposition from gay rights groups.
Laurie is the honorary chairman of this year's National Day of Prayer.
The Human Rights Campaign and Outserve had urged the Pentagon to withdraw its invitation to Laurie because he teaches that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.
Laurie says, "I'm not trying to censor anybody else and I don't think they should try to censor us."
"We have done our best to removed God's Word and His counsel from our courtrooms, classrooms and culture," Laurie wrote in an op-ed published by Fox News Thursday. "Despite the fact that we, as a nation, have largely forgotten God, the good news is: God has not forgotten us. He still can bless and redeem our country."
Last January, gay activists convinced Pastor Louie Giglio of Passion City Church in Roswell, Ga., not to say the closing prayer at President Obama's second inauguration ceremony.