Biden to speak at Human Rights Campaign dinner in March

Vice President Biden will keynote the Human Rights Campaign’s Los Angeles Dinner in March. 

Biden was forced to cancel his speech at the annual dinner in Washington, D.C., last October due to the government shutdown. The gay, lesbian bisexual and transgender advocacy group said he would speak at the March 22 event. 

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Chad Griffin, the group’s president, touted Biden’s work on the Violence Against Women Act and his support for gay marriage. 

 “As Senator and Vice President, his work to advance LGBT equality is just one chapter in a remarkable lifetime of service,” Griffin said. 

Biden’s vocal support for gay marriage in a 2012 interview ultimately spurred President Obama to come out early in favor of the issue during the presidential campaign. 

Attorney General Eric Holder spoke at the group’s New York dinner earlier this month. 

During his remarks, Holder outlined a Justice Department policy memo extending a number of benefits to married same-sex couples, including allowing couples to file jointly for bankruptcy and not compelling those couples to testify against one another.  

It was two in a series of steps the administration has taken to extend benefits to same-sex couples after the Supreme Court last year struck down parts of the Defense of Marriage Act. 

“As attorney general, I will not let [the Justice] Department be simply a bystander during this important moment in history,” Holder said at the time.