Thursday, October 08, 2009

Anderson Cooper 360 examines Obama on gay equality; President Obama to give keynote address at HRC dinner Oct. 10

Tonight (Oct. 8) Anderson Cooper, on AC360, examined President Obama’s record so far on his promises on gay rights, saying he was keeping the president honest.

The president has lagged somewhat on four major promises: (1) repealing “don’t ask don’t tell”; (2) opposing DOMA (the president generally says he prefers civil unions), a hate crimes bill (the Matthew Shepard view which has just passed the House), and ENDA, which may move soon. Randy Kay reported.

Then Anderson interviewed Equality March organizer Cleve Jones about the Oct. 11 march in Washington DC. Jones (who appears as a hero in Randy Shilts’s “And the Band Played On”) said that this would not be a weekend for partying, but for work. (Nevertheless, I see that the Town DC has an extra T-dance Sunday night).

President Obama will deliver the keynote address at the 13th Annual Human Rights Campaign Dinner on Saturday October 10, 2009 at the at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., at Mt. Vernon Place on the Yellow Line. HRC’s press release is here.

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