Ben Smith at Politico reports former Democratic National Committee Chairman Gov. Howard Dean has a last-minute "family commitment" that will prevent him from appearing at tomorrow's high-profile gay DNC fundraiser hosted by Vice President Joe Biden.
Dean was one of the four announced co-hosts at the event. It's safe to assume the event has been on his schedule for months.
Prominent gays are pulling out of the $1,000 a plate fundraiser in response to the Justice Department's highly offensive motion to dismiss a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act. AFTER THE JUMP, watch Dean on Rachel Maddow last week when he called the DOJ a "huge mistake" and warned you "cannot talk about gay Americans the way they were talked about in this brief."