Gay Rights Activists Protest Obama
President Obama faced opposition yesterday while giving a speech at a DNC fundraiser. Gay rights activists called on Obama to end the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy that forbids openly gay men and women from serving in the military. The protest came on the heels of the Prop 8 decision in California and the firing of U.S. Army Lt. Dan Choi. Choi, an Arab linguist, was discharged from the Army after coming out on the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC. Even though Choi was a West Point graduate, Iraq war veteran, and a specialist in a field that is in high demand, the military still was forced to discharge him under the law. Since taking effect in 1993 under Bill Clinton, the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy has discharged about 13,000 gay men and women.
Read more and watch the interview between Choi and Maddow after the jump.
Rick Jacobs, the director of Courage Campaign, organized the protest. He commented, "The president made a promise when he made his speech about hope. I bought that promise and I still buy that promise, but it's time for him to start fulfilling that promise for all Americans."
The protesters chanted things like, "Out of the court, into the streets, we are ready to fight, we won't be beat." A banner read, "Obama. We voted for change. Stop discrimination."
Here is a video of the protest:
Here is Choi's first interview after being discharged: