Biden had been scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the Saturday event at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center that is expected to draw more than 3,000 people. HRC spokesperson Fred Sainz told the Washington Blade the vice president called his organization’s president, Chad Griffin, late on Wednesday to “express his regrets.”
Sainz added Biden “reaffirmed his clear commitment to equality nationwide for all LGBT people” to Griffin.
“We’re disappointed but understand,” Sainz told the Blade.
Jennifer Lopez and pop singer Sara Bareilles are scheduled to appear at the dinner alongside DOMA plaintiff Edith Windsor and attorney Roberta Kaplan whom HRC will honor.