Biden cancels LGBT keynote speech because of government shutdown
October 3rd, 2013
12:46 PM ET
7 months ago

Biden cancels LGBT keynote speech because of government shutdown

(CNN) – The government shutdown has caused Vice President Joe Biden to back out of a keynote address to the annual dinner of the national gay and lesbian group Human Rights Campaign, according to his office Thursday.

Biden had been scheduled to be speak at the Human Rights Campaign's national dinner in Washington Saturday night. An HRC spokesman confirmed that Biden had cancelled.

Biden's office did not specify why the shutdown is keeping the Vice President from the dinner.

The shutdown has already forced President Barack Obama to cancel parts of his scheduled trip to Asia, along with far-reaching impacts across the federal government, with hundreds of thousands of workers on furlough.

Gay rights has become an important issue for Biden, who is thought to be considering a 2016 presidential run.

In June, Biden praised the Supreme Court rulings that struck down part the federal Defense of Marriage law and prohibited California's ban on same-sex marriages.

"I think we'll see the day when it is no longer a debate about whether or not same-sex couples can be married and whether or not they deserve every single civil right every other married couple deserves," Biden said at the time.

–CNN's Steve Brusk and Bryan Koenig contributed to this report.


Filed under: Gay rights • Government Shutdown • Joe Biden
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. ora pike

    wow-won't talk with congress will to a lesbian group??? are we losing our freedoms??? goggle dr. ben carson IRS audit for opposing obama at national prayer breakfast??? we fought once to rid a king and now we need to again-don't give in to tyranny GOP-hold em. We can't just keep printing money tp pay for the socialist activity.

    October 3, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Oh looky...go look up the video of Neugebauer (R-TX) verbally abusing a female park ranger at the WWII Memorial for doing nothing more than her job. Thankfully, the surrounding crowd didn't seem to like his rabidly abusive behavior too much.

    OUTREACH!

    October 3, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    so this makes it very obvious that many mnay millions of our tax dollars are being misappropriated by the obama administration to pay for their campaign speech appearances all over the country. i am liking this government shutdown even more now if it keeps this thievery from occurring.

    October 3, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  4. Stuffit

    Of course be aware that while the corrupt president shuts down things like the WWII memorial and even Mt. Vernon (which it does not own) his golf course is not shut down. Apparently he is just shutting down things that will result in adverse publicity by the lap dog media that so adores him. You know like CBS claiming that that global warming will be at 212 degrees in a few years. What a thuggish, corrupt regime. The difference between the parties is that Republicans work for a livng while democrat liberals vote for a living.

    October 3, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  5. jenn, philadelphia

    Does this mean that Joe Biden is an "unessential" employee and has been furloughed?

    October 3, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  6. Tom

    I'm sorry but I'm not seeing the connection here. What does the shutdown have to do with talking to gays? Is the issue the security detail needed for the VP? God, if the shutdown eliminates all LGBT events, the Republicans will NEVER reopen the government.

    October 3, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |