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Obama to Address Gay Rights Organization

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) The Human Rights Campaign announced today that President Barack Obama will deliver the keynote address at the 13th Annual National Dinner, taking place this Saturday in Washington, D.C. The 13th annual HRC dinner will take place the night before thousands people from throughout the country will march on Washington, calling for greater legal protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered Americans.

Although many prominent LGBT activists have questioned the president’s commitment to gay rights and issues, Mr. Obama’s appearance represents a significant show of support.

“We are honored to share this night with President Obama, who has called upon our nation to embrace LGBT people as brothers and sisters,” said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. “It is fitting that he will speak to our community on the night that we pay tribute to his friend and mentor Senator Edward Kennedy, who knew that as president, Barack Obama would take on the unfinished business of this nation – equal rights for the LGBT community, and for every person who believes in liberty and justice for all.”