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04/19/2007


Here's the Video of Michelle Obama Confronting a Gay Heckler: WATCH

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This morning we reported on a fundraiser in Northwest Washington at which First Lady Michelle Obama was heckled by Ellen Sturtz, an activist with GetEQUAL, demanding that President Obama sign an executive order barring workplace discrimination. The heckler interrupted a speech Obama was giving about children.

Said Obama at the gathering: “One of the things that I don’t do well is this...Do you understand? ... Listen to me or you can take the mic, but I’m leaving. You all decide. You have one choice.”

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Michelle Obama Gets in Gay Heckler's Face at DNC Fundraiser: VIDEO

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Michelle Obama was speaking at a fundraiser in Northwest Washington when Ellen Sturtz, an activist from the LGBT group GetEQUAL interrupted her speech, demanding that President Obama sign an executive order barring workplace discrimination.

The WaPo reports:

Obama showed her displeasure – pausing to confront Sturtz eye to eye, according to witnesses.
“One of the things that I don’t do well is this,” she said to applause from most of the guests, according to a White House transcript. “Do you understand?”

A pool report from a reporter in the room said Obama “left the lectern and moved over to the protester.” The pool report quoted Obama as saying: “Listen to me or you can take the mic, but I’m leaving. You all decide. You have one choice.”

Obama’s suggestion that she would leave was not included in the official White House transcript.

Sturtz told the WaPo that she was "taken aback" at Obama's response to the heckling: “She came right down in my face."

Added Sturtz: “I said I want your husband to sign the executive orde. Her husband could sign this order tonight and protect 22 percent of the work force in this country.”

Sturtz was reportedly escorted from the fundraiser after the crowd asked Obama to stay.

No cameras were reportedly allowed at the event. At least no video has shown up yet.

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UPDATE: Chris Johnson at the Washington Blade spoke at lenth with Sturtz following the incident.

UPDATE: The GetEQUAL organizers involved in the demonstration have issued the following statement.

"LGBT people in North Carolina, New Mexico, Ohio and all over the country are dehumanized in our jobs, and we are forced into the closet in order to participate in the American dream. We value the First Lady's leadership and invite her to lead the charge within the Democratic Party to end employment discrimination. President Obama has an executive order sitting on his desk that can protect a quarter of the labor force in the U.S. from workplace discrimination, we will continue engaging leaders in the Administration and the Democratic Party until President Obama fulfills a promise to our community made five years ago."

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Five Gay Activists Arrested at Texas Capitol at Sit-In Against Four GOP Senators: VIDEO

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Five gay activists from the group GetEQUAL Texas were arrested on Wednesday after refusing to leave the offices of four Republican senators who refuse to support Senate Bill 237, the Fair Employment Act, KEYE reports:

Michael Diviesti of GetEQUAL TX says, "What the bill does is says 'hey look, if you live in Texas you can't fire somebody simply because they happen to be gay or lesbian or bisexual or transgender.' You have to have a real reason to fire someone or deny them employment."

We tried to speak with all of the four senators who the protesters say are not supporting the bill, none could speak to us on camera. Senate Bill 237 is currently stuck in committee, where it's been for the last month. It will stay there until it gets the votes needed to move to the next level.

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'Marriage Equality Now' Projected on the Supreme Court Last Night: PHOTO

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Thought the Supreme Court went dark between yesterday's raucous Proposition 8 hearings and rallies, and today's consideration of the Defense of Marriage Act, what we're fighting for did not go forgotton.

Activist group GetEQUAL and the Backbone Campaign took care of that with this amazing projection.


GetEQUAL Calls on Supreme Court to Strike Down Prop 8, DOMA: VIDEO

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Equality is waiting. History is watching.

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United for Marriage rallies are now in 50 states.

No matter where you are in the country on March 26 and 27, there is likely a rally or event to mark the Supreme Court's historic hearings on DOMA and Proposition 8.

Find or create an event of your own on the United for Marriage 'Light the Way to Justice' page. You can also follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

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Activists to Stage White House Protest Over ENDA Sunday Night

Activists demanding Obama keep his first-term promise to extend workplace protections to LGBT people will gather outside the White House two days before the President's State of the Union address to demand he do so.

From activist group GetEQUAL:

WhitehouseAs he was running for president, then-candidate Obama pledged to extend workplace protections to all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people employed by federal contractors, but has yet to deliver any policy to protect these vulnerable employees, who can be fired in over half the states in the country based simply on their sexual identity, and 39 states based on their gender identity or expression.

President Obama could offer these protections today to 16 million people with the stroke of a pen by signing an Executive Order which would protect anyone employed by a contractor who receives over $10,000/year in federal funds. As we approach the first State of the Union for the president’s second and final term, GetEQUAL is reminding the president to keep the promises he made that will not only help boost our suffering economy but protect millions of workers and families.

The demonstration is scheduled to take place Sunday night at 6 pm on the south side of the White House.


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