October 3, 2013 at 11:07 am EST | by Michael K. Lavers
Biden cancels HRC dinner speech

Vice President Joseph Biden (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Vice President Joseph Biden (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Vice President Biden has cancelled his appearance at this weekend’s Human Rights Campaign dinner in D.C. over the federal government shutdown.

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.


Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

  • brian

    The HRC Dinner is unquestionably an annual political event. So it must take a back seat to unexpected events plotted by the GOP’s worst players, which now adversely impacts millions of Americans.

    All ranking Democrats involved in this crucial and historic WH/Congress budget integrity showdown– most especially the Prez and Veep– must appear to be above politics-as-usual. The unity conveyed by top Dems throughout this showdown– their “game faces” in more competitive parlance– must be serious and credible throughout.

    Nobody can doubt Joe Biden’s abiding commitment to LGBT equality throughout his long career.

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