Obama to Address Human Rights Campaign Before Gay-Rights March on Washington

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The president will speak at the annual dinner for the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's most prominent gay-rights lobby group. This will be looked at two ways: (1) as a good-faith effort to mollify LGBT people who are increasingly disappointed in Obama's lackluster follow-through on his campaign promises to overturn Don't Ask, Don't Tell and the Defense of Marriage Act, and (2) as a seeming sellout on the part of HRC for opening their arms to a person (yes, even the president) who doesn't believe that two gay people should be allowed to legally marry one another. After the past year's tumultuous events, and on the eve of a demonstration called the "National Equality March," no less. [Caucus/NYT]