Obama to headline key gay rights dinner
September 27th, 2011
08:48 PM ET
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Obama to headline key gay rights dinner

Washington (CNN) –- President Barack Obama will deliver the keynote address at a gathering of gay and lesbian activists in October, a key constituency that hasn’t always been receptive to Obama’s policies and style of leadership.

Obama will speak at the annual National Dinner of the Human Rights Campaign on October 1, an event he last headlined in 2009.

“We are honored to share this night with President Obama, who has a tremendous record of accomplishment for LGBT people,” Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese said in a statement. “On the heels of the end to ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ we look forward to celebrating our victories and redoubling our efforts for the fights that remain ahead.”

Obama had previously been criticized by some members of the gay and lesbian community for a perceived lack of action on core issues, namely marriage equality rights. Obama still does not support gay marriage, but has said he supports full rights for same-sex couples.

"I believe that gay couples deserve the same legal rights as every couple in this country," Obama said at the LGBT Leadership Council gala dinner in June.

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  1. mtta

    It seems that Obama performs his duties as an elected leader in his spare time when he is not busy with his full-time occupation of taxpayer-financed campaign trips, fund-raising dinners, building networks of supporters and forming re-election strategy. Apparently hanging on to his job takes precedence over actually doing the job itself.

    September 27, 2011 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  2. Terry, VA

    Out of the closet and skipping down the stage to the podium.

    September 27, 2011 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  3. Paula Greenleaf

    Sad to see the President pandering to those on the fringe of society. Almost as sad as the President pandering to illegals by proposing amnesty, Dream Act legislation.

    September 27, 2011 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  4. Little Jimmy Truth

    Obama talks too much. He wants to pretend, if he does it.

    September 27, 2011 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  5. reatte texas

    lol imagine that

    September 28, 2011 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  6. Jewels

    Come on now. What is Michele and some of the other public figures doing? Plus, this isn't everyday. I actually admire the president's energy.

    September 28, 2011 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  7. A Democrat in North Carolina

    Im a Christian and no i donot beleive in Gay Marriage and i wouldnot want to support a President that supports Gay Marriage. However i do like gay people i just dont like the belief that a man and man and a woman and woman the devil is a lie.

    September 28, 2011 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  8. enough of lies

    photo op by a porker who wastes money at the tax payers expense, IMPEACH the LIER.

    September 28, 2011 05:38 am at 5:38 am |