First Lady Michelle Obama threatened to walk out of a fundraiser Tuesday evening when she was interrupted by a pro-gay rights heckler.
The scene occurred at the Washington home of lesbian couple Karen Dixon and Nan Schaffer, who were hosting Mrs. Obama at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser.
From the pool reports:
Most 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. (Pool did not hear exactly what.)
“One of the things I don’t do well is this,” replied FLOTUS to loud applause. 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.”
Crowd started shouting that they wanted FLOTUS to stay.
“You need to go!” said one woman near the protester.
The protester was then escorted out, shouting “…lesbian looking for federal equality before I die.” (First part of the quote was inaudible.) Pool could not get their name before they were taken out . . .
Heather Cronk, co-director of the pro-LGBT rights group GetEQUAL, contacted the pool and identified the protester as one of their activists, Ellen Sturtz.
Sturtz was calling for an executive order to bar discrimination by federal contractors based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Cronk said there were three other GetEQUAL activists at the event as well — two of them are college students. They are from OH, NC, and NM.
DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz also in attendance.
Had Michelle left it may have been problematic, given that heckling of public figures delivering political speeches is common and attendees had donated from $500 – $10,000 to hear and spend some time with her.