November 15th, 2010
06:11 PM ET
12 years ago

Gay rights protesters demand Obama help end 'don't ask, don't tell'

Washington (CNN) - Thirteen gay rights activists handcuffed themselves to the White House fence Monday afternoon, calling for President Barack Obama to work harder for repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" ban on gay service-members serving openly.

Former Army Lt. Dan Choi, the Iraq war veteran and West Point graduate who has become the face of the movement to remove the ban, led the midday protest on the opening day of the lame-duck session of Congress, to put pressure on Democrats and the president to jettison the law before January.


soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    Maybe somethings needs to stay in the closet. We don't respect this country like we did 20 -30 years ago. I am tired of giving rights to a group to make them happy, but what about us? I am tired of my rights taken away from me and giving those rights to another group. Please do not let this happen

    November 15, 2010 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  2. jules sand-perkins

    Right Now is the time for Obama to act on DADT if he actually (1) believes it should be repealed and (2) wants the full support of gays and lesbians, who, by the way, helped him get elected because he promised to help their cause.
    So much for Obama's promises.
    Now that our president sees that voters' support can be removed as well as given, we will see what he really wants to do about the G/L issue.
    The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away.

    November 15, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  3. jules sand-perkins

    It is interesting that Palin's Alaska and Rangel's ethics get more visible CNN coverage than DADT demonstrations at the White House.
    Palin-hate, especially, is always a good distraction from real issues concerning Obama's presidency and good politicking.

    November 15, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Did CNN actually ask them if they were gay?

    The Gop has been sending fake protesters left and right (well mainly right) to every Obama event possible.

    This is just another GOPper distraction.

    November 15, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  5. S. In California

    Demand? Who do these people think they are?

    November 15, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  6. Mark

    Getting tired of hearing their demands.....

    November 15, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  7. Tsah from Virginia

    I hope there is not another LAME excuse as to why DADT cannot be passed!!! Therefore, the perfect time to do it is during the Lame Duck Session, along with the Dream Act and ending TAX CUTS for the RICH and FAMOUS!!

    We should all be N2 Moving America Forward with our current leader President Barack Obama!

    November 15, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |