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Six Arrested In Front Of White House At DADT Protest

Over 100 people gathered in front of Lafayette Park by the White House to protest DADT. Six protesters handcuffed themselves to fence and were soon arrested and carted off to jail by U.S. Park Police. Get Equal confirms via Twitter that the six will spend the night in jail.

Get Equal reports the six were chanting "we will not, disappear. We'll remember, in November," when taken away by police.

The Dallas Voice reports that one arrested protester “was proud when they took him away! Even happier when they let him keep his cigarettes.”

Among those in attendance were Lt. Dan Choi and James Pietrangelo who you recall were both arrested recently after chaining themselves to the same fence in protest.

From Metro Weekly: "As Choi was speaking to the crowd in Lafayette Park across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House, six activists -- Ann Tischer, Nora Camp, Alan Bounville, Natasha Dillon, Eiona DiBona & Mark Reed – wearing long-sleeved shirts to conceal their handcuffs, attached themselves to the same fence where Choi and Pietrangelo had been with four others two weeks ago."

Get Equal tweeted that Choi told the crowd: "President Obama, I would rather be a bugle for justice than a trumpet for your inaction."

Rgq Howard Dean made a surprise appearance at the protest and took to the megaphone with strong words of support for the repeal of DADT: "The truth is Dan Choi is here. If Dan Choi were still translating Arabic, we'd just be another step ahead of the game. We can't afford to lose any talented people. To kick talented people out of the United States military because they happen to be gay or lesbian makes no sense at all."

He added:

"If somebody is brave enough to take a bullet for the United States of America, they ought to have equal rights under the law when they come home just like everybody else does.

Watch video of Dean's speech, AFTER THE JUMP.

In related news Washington Blade Editor Kevin Naff posed questions yesterday to White House official Brian Bond about the letter we heard about on Friday from Robert Gates.

When the letter came up during a panel discussion highlighting LGBT officials in the White House, Bond read the prepared White House statement on how Obama’s commitment to repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is “unequivocal,” but the president wants to wait on implementing repeal until the Pentagon completes its study of the law.

“If change were easy, we wouldn’t be having to have this fight right now,” Bond added. “I think that letter is a good example of how this is going to be a fight and a challenge.”

In response to the statement, Naff noted the White House seems to rules out full repeal at this time but leaves the door open for legislation with delayed implementation, and asked whether repeal advocates can infer that the president supports repeal “as long as the implementation is delayed until after December.”

Bond didn’t say whether the White House supports such a move but said an endorsement of such a proposal is part of an “ongoing discussion.”

(Dean Photo courtesy AMERICAblog)

Watch video of Dean's speech, AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. isn't it amazing that today the day of the DADT protest the president decides to visit the oil slick.also how many times will people ask us to give obama chance? he keeps backpedaling. now it is gradual implementation. they integrated the miltary all at once not one at a time. truman had balls.

    Posted by: walter | May 2, 2010 9:59:42 PM

  2. "I think that letter is a good example of how this is going to be a fight and a challenge.” - Bond.

    NO, Mr. Bond, it is a good example of how your boss and former constitutional law professor has forgotten that the Constitution establishes that the military, of which the authors of that letter are a part either administratively or in uniform, are to be CONTROLLED by the President [again, your boss] and Congress.

    Commander-in-Chief Obama seems to believe he's only the Commander of Gilbert & Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore, and has surrendered entire control of the Executive branch's role in DADT administration and repeal to the Pentagon EVEN AFTER he declared 10 months ago that gay discharges "WEAKEN NATIONAL SECURITY."

    Proof that the Repugs hate gays even more than they hate him is that they haven't gone after him for that.

    [White] House Fagroe Mr. Bond also claimed during the panel that 3rd-party outings have been "limited." He is either stupid or a liar for 3rd-party outings have neither been "limited" nor banned. As long as one's accuser is willing to make his/her accusation under oath and the military believes him/her you get discharged no matter WHAT their motivation was for outing you.

    Posted by: Michael @ | May 2, 2010 10:05:21 PM

  3. Michael, you should be contacting and complaining to the White House, your Senator, Congressperson, etc. Bitching on the internet does nothing.

    Posted by: Ed | May 2, 2010 10:28:09 PM

  4. this DADT law is really unbelievable from Europe !

    Posted by: willyag | May 2, 2010 10:48:05 PM

  5. Service Members Discharged in 2009 for Being Gay: 443.
    13,425 discharges under 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell' so far.

    It's time for the madness to end. It's time for Obama to live up to his campaign promises. It's time for the American people to get their heads out of their asses and join the 21st Century.

    Many thanks to Lt. Dan Choi and James Pietrangelo, and everyone else who participated in the protest. We can't all be on the front line of this fight. Those of us who stay in the background, owe a huge debt of gratitude to anyone who is willing to put their ass on the line for us.

    Posted by: Jay Croce | May 3, 2010 1:30:01 AM

  6. Ed- What make you think Michael is not doing what you said? Do you think one can't do both internet activism (what you call bitching, how nice) and activism by contacting officials? Michael is a huge supporter for the end of DADT and very passionate about it so I would think twice about the insults.

    Posted by: Rann | May 3, 2010 9:24:51 AM

  7. How could this protest possibly be considered effective and successful? Joe Solomonese and Kathy Griffin weren't in ANY of the pictures.

    ED, you clearly know absolutely NOTHING about what Michael Bedwell does, and has for MANY years done, for our, YOUR, community. If you did you would be ashamed of making such an ignorant statement and you would issue an immediate and sincere apology.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | May 3, 2010 10:05:02 AM

  8. Did anyone watch the History Channel special on America? There was a segment that shows George Washington hires Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben - to save the war. (

    And he does.

    This is an outrage that America was saved by a homosexual - and even today goes unmentioned.

    This is something that more people need to know!

    Glenn Rivera

    San Diego, CA

    Posted by: glenn rivera | May 3, 2010 12:18:47 PM

  9. "isn't it amazing that today the day of the DADT protest the president decides to visit the oil slick"

    LOL. Best laugh of the day.

    Because a couple of hundred people hanging out in front of the White House is such a media event.

    Thanks for the giggle though.

    Posted by: Rob G. | Jun 30, 2010 9:03:43 PM

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