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6/5/2013 (1 year ago)

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'I'm leaving. You all decide. You have one choice,' Michelle declares

While the Obama administration has been a strong and vocal supporter for gay rights, there appears to be limits. First Lady Michelle Obama, speaking at a fundraiser for gay rights, the nation's first lady was shouted down by an attendee who questioned the administration's stand on hiring rights for gays. Michelle Obama didn't take this well: "She left the lectern and moved over to the protester, saying they could 'listen to me or you can take the mic, but I'm leaving. You all decide. You have one choice,'" a journalist at the event said.

Heckler Ellen Sturtz, inset, disrupted a fundraiser where first lady Michelle Obama spoke.

Heckler Ellen Sturtz, inset, disrupted a fundraiser where first lady Michelle Obama spoke.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/5/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: Michelle Obama, lesbian, fundraiser, heckler, Ellen Sturtz


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Michele Obama was speaking to 200 Democratic Party loyalists who paid up to $10,000 to attend the event at the Washington home of a wealthy lesbian couple. Attendee Amanda Terkel, a Huffington Post reporter wrote that the "[m]ost notable part of the event was an interruption from a protester about 12 minutes into the 20-minute speech. A pro-LGBT rights individual standing at the front began shouting for an executive order on gay rights."

The protestor reportedly made demands that the president issue an executive order forcing federal contractors to stop discriminating against gay and transgendered job applicants.

"'One of the things I don't do well is this,' replied FLOTUS to loud applause," according to Terkel. The crowd, the report continued, 'started shouting that they wanted FLOTUS to stay.'

The protester was then escorted out, shouting that she was a "lesbian looking for federal equality before I die."

"Heather Cronk, co-director of the pro-LGBT rights group GetEQUAL ... identified the protester as one of their activists, Ellen Sturtz."

The White House's transcript of the event made no mention of the incident. The transcript also failed to mention Mrs. Obama's threat to leave the event.

The only indication in that transcript that anything was amiss is a note about an "(Inaudible audience interruption.)"

"I lived and worked in the closet, hiding who I was in order to earn a living," Sturtz said in a statement later that evening.

"I had planned to speak tonight with DNC officials but, as the First Lady was talking about our children's future and ensuring that they have everything they need to live happy and productive lives, I simply couldn't stay silent any longer.

"I'm looking ahead at a generation of young people who could live full, honest, and open lives with the stroke of the President's pen," she said.

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