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Joe Biden To Headline Human Rights Campaign Dinner

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NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 25: Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the Clinton Global Citizen Award ceremony on September 25, 2013 in New York City. Timed to coincide with the United Nations General Assembly, CGI brings together heads of state, CEOs, philanthropists and others to help find solutions to the world's major problems. (Photo by Ramin Talaie/Getty Images) | Getty

WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden is set to deliver the keynote address at the Human Rights Campaign's annual dinner next month.

Biden will be speaking to an influential group of gay and lesbian activists who were among President Barack Obama's most loyal supporters during the 2012 campaign.

Biden will headline the Oct. 5 event with 3,400 people at the Washington Convention Center. The organization is the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights group.

The vice president has built strong support within the gay community and was credited with pushing Obama to support same-sex marriage during the campaign.

Biden is considered a potential 2016 presidential candidate. Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton remains the leading contender among Democrats if she runs again.

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