Police arrest gay rights protesters outside White House

Police arrested protesters who handcuffed themselves to the White House fence in demonstration to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Tuesday.
The White House was the scene of a gay rights protest, Tuesday. (courtesy of scrapetv.com)

Protesters outside the White House handcuffed themselves to the fence Tuesday.

In demonstration, the people were rallying for the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Among them was Lt. Dan Choi, an openly gay service member who was discharged after publicly defying “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” last year.

Police arrested at least six of the protesters. In an unusual move, according to Fox News, the police also pushed reporters away from the scene.

This protest occurred one day after gay rights activists confronted President Obama at a fundraiser for California Senator Barbara Boxer. The activists urged the president to fulfill his plan to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

He responded, according to Democracy Now, with the following:

“What the young man was talking about was we need to—we need to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ which I agree with and which we have begun to do. But let me say this: You know, when you’ve got an ally like Barbara Boxer and you’ve got an ally like me, who are standing for the same thing, then you don’t know exactly why you’ve got to holler, because we already hear you. All right?”

To read more on this story, visit Democracy Now.

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