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Can some of Obama's trademark rhetoric heal hurt feelings in the gay community? Obama is set to speak at a gay-rights dinner on Saturday, the day before a rally at which he may be criticized. His speech for the Human Rights Campaign will make him the second sitting president, after Bill Clinton, to address the HRC. Obama has drawn a great deal of criticism from the gay community for not overturning the ban on gays and lesbians who acknowledge their sexuality from serving in the military and may be seeking to alleviate tensions in the lead-up to the National Equality March on Sunday.