The Human Rights Campaign announced that President Barack Obama will deliver the keynote address at the organization’s 15th Annual National Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011 in Washington, D.C. Obama previously addressed the event in 2009.
“We are honored to share this night with President Obama who has a tremendous record of accomplishment for LGBT people,” said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. “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.”
This will be Obama’s second appearance at an HRC dinner. In 2009 he pledged to end DADT and continue his work repealing the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act. He is likely to face mounting pressure from gay advocates to support the legalization of same-sex marriage. He is already being called on to denounce ballot measures in Minnesota and North Carolina that would place a Constitutional ban on gay marriages in those states. Obama has denounced Proposition 8, the ballot measure to invalidate a court ruling legalizing gay marriages in California, and advocates want him to place come out in firm opposition to other similar state ballot measures.
The event, which is expected to draw nearly 3,000 attendees, will be the evening of Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Washington Convention Center.
More information is available at hrcnationaldinner.org.