Dan Choi, Others Arrested at White House DADT Protest

Lt Dan Choi and Capt. Jim Pietrangelo both of whom campaigned againt Dont Ask Don’t Tell were arrested–in uniform–as they were chained to the White House’s north fence. Also arrest was Robin McGehee, co-chair of GetEqual.org.

Towelroad reports:

According to Tweets from Robin McGehee at GetEqual reporting from the Kathy Griffin – Human Rights Campaign “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” rally, McGehee, who is traveling with Lt. Dan Choi, asked Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese if Choi could speak at the rally and he rebuffed her, telling her it was Kathy Griffin’s rally. Choi took the stage anyway, told Griffin DADT is not a joke, and announced that he was marching to the White House. Choi then began leading hundreds on a march to the White House.

DC Agenda takes up the story from there

Choi encouraged Griffin and Joe Solmonese, HRC’s president, to join him as he and others walked to the White House to protest the law against open service. Neither Griffin nor Solmonese joined him, but part of the rally crowd followed Choi to the White House.

Shortly after Choi and Pietrangelo arrived at the White House, they chained themselves to the fence, an action that drew a fast response from Secret Service personnel. Some agents quickly pushed the crowd of about 50 protesters away from the White House fence and into the street, and others erected yellow police tape around the area. About seven agents stayed behind the tape with Choi and Pietrangelo.

At around this time, McGehee was arrested near the White House fence. The basis for her arrest was not immediately clear.

The agents cut Choi and Pietrangelo free after an hour and arrested them.

I wish Kathy Griffin had the guts to chain herself to the White House fence…

There’s more at Pam’s Houseblend.

5 Responses to "Dan Choi, Others Arrested at White House DADT Protest"
Teddy Partridge | Thursday March 18, 2010 01:36 pm 1

Kathy Griffin should pay their bail.


Lisa Derrick | Thursday March 18, 2010 01:58 pm 2

This just in from Get Equal: SIT IN IN PELOSI’S OFFICE

As you read this, GetEqual.org members are entering Pelosi’s offices in DC and her district office in San Francisco. They won’t leave until Speaker Pelosi commits to bring the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to the floor for a vote this month – or until they are arrested.


Maryscott O'Connor | Thursday March 18, 2010 02:02 pm 3

Boy, I really would have thought Kathy Griffin had more balls — or integrity — than this.

Maybe she just froze up. Somebody should get her ass on the phone and tell her her credibility is on the line.


Lisa Derrick | Thursday March 18, 2010 02:15 pm 4
In response to Maryscott O'Connor @ 3

her camera wasn’t there. Look, she did barley squat for No on Prop 8–one PSA no one saw and didn’t donate a dime, unless she did it anonymously (which seems a bit out of character). Not saying she doesnt care, but her level of commitment appears to be “what is good for Kathy” not “what is best”


Maryscott O'Connor | Thursday March 18, 2010 03:08 pm 5

Somehow, I am not shocked. She is, after all, in show business.

Or perhaps I’m too uncharitable. For anyone in show business to take ANY time away from the singleminded pursuit of their profession and give time to a cause other than Self is laudable in this town, I suppose.

Yikes. Talk about damning with faint praise…


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