Shutdown prompts Biden to cancel speech to gay rights group


Vice President Joe Biden’s office announced on Oct. 3 that he was canceling a speech to the nation’s largest gay civil rights group that was scheduled for this weekend.

Biden was set to deliver the keynote address to about 3,400 people at the Human Rights Campaign’s annual dinner on Oct. 5.

But the partial shutdown of the federal government has led President Barack Obama and now Biden to cancel a number of events.

Obama canceled an appearance at a glitzy Congressional Hispanic Caucus event on Oct. 2 and scaled back an upcoming trip to Asia.