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The Canadian Press: Gays and lesbians set to march on D.C. after months of Obama disappointment

The Canadian Press: Gays and lesbians set to march on D.C. after months of Obama disappointment:
"WASHINGTON — For months, gays and lesbians have been angry and disappointed with President Barack Obama for what they consider a lack of action on gay-rights issues such as support for same-sex marriage and a repeal of the military's so-called 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy.

This weekend, they will gather by the thousands in the U.S. capital to demand greater legal protection for gays, lesbians and transgendered Americans, and to draw attention to the Obama administration's apparent lethargy on gay rights - something that has wounded the community that voted for Obama in such overwhelming numbers last November.

On Sunday, they may finally have something to cheer about.

On the eve of the march, Obama is set to address the Human Rights Campaign, a gay and lesbian advocacy group. While the White House hasn't provided any details of what the president might talk about - he's reportedly still working on his remarks - there is cautious optimism Obama could signal an intent to rescind 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' or to overturn the federal Defence of Marriage Act.

His keynote will be historic - Obama's only the second sitting president to address a gay rights organization. President Bill Clinton was the first in 1997."

What do YOU think the President will say when he Addresses HRC?


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