Obama's campaign continuing its outreach to LGBT voters,
Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden is expected
to speak at the Human Rights Campaign National Dinner
this weekend in Washington, D.C.
decision to speak comes on the heels of the Obama
camp's landmark policy call discussing the
Democratic presidential ticket's opposition to
"don't ask, don't tell." Biden
has long supported a repeal of the policy.
"If the support
Senator Biden has proven on our issues is any
indication of the type of vice president he will be," HRC
President Joe Solmonese said in a statement just after
Biden was added to the Democratic ticket, "then our
community can be assured that Senator Obama has chosen
a thoughtful and staunch advocate for equality as his
the compliment, expressing his support of the HRC in a
"I'm honored to
participate in this event," Biden said.
"Discrimination has no place in this country and I am proud
to stand with HRC in the fight to end it."
In recent years
Biden served as one of the most vocal advocates
of repealing the U.S. ban on HIV-positive visitors and
immigrants in the latest renewal of the President's
Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.
Biden has also
vocally opposed "don't ask, don't
tell" and the Federal Marriage Amendment.
Additionally, Biden supports extending hate-crimes and
job bias protection to LGBT people. (The