In a speech highly anticipated not only because it came on the eve of the National Equality March, but also because of growing restiveness at the slow pace of LGBT initiatives by his administration, President Barack Obama told a crowd gathered at a Human Rights Campaign (HRC) gala in Washington, "I greatly appreciate the support I've received from many in this room. I also appreciate that many of you don't believe progress has come fast enough." The president, eager to dispel the notion that he believed that lofty words alone were enough, added, "I want to be honest about that, because it's important to be honest among friends."
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