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03/18/2010

Choi, White House: A government fence vs. a government bar

by Jeremy Hooper

1:20PM: Dan Choi is currently chained to the White House fence. Some folks (possibly Robin McGehee, though we're not sure) have been arrested. People are chanting for the repeal of DADT. And we know this is really going to shock you: There's HRC drama involved.

Towle has more:

LT. DAN CHOI CHAINS HIMSELF TO WHITE HOUSE FENCE TO PROTEST DADT [TR]

*ALSO: DC Agenda has great livetweets

1:27PM: Robin McGehee's arrest confirmed.

1:30PM: The scene:

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1:35PM: According to Queerty: "Choi is with Capt. Jim Pietrangelo, who (unsuccessfully) tried taking his legal challenge of DADT to the Supreme Court."

1:37PM: From LezGetReal: "According to this source, who is close to Lt. Choi, a number of people tried to talk him out of his plan. With the repeal underway and the study going full throttle, it is a delicate time in the repeal of DADT. This means that anything that could be seen as being problematic or aggrandizing or taking this issue less than seriously could bolster the position of those in opposition to the MREA and make passage that much more difficult."

1:42PM: Pic of Robin's arrest

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1:45PM: From DC Agenda: "One female woman is kneeling in the crowd with hands raised, praying for the souls of gay people."

1:47PM: First video from the HRC/Kathy Griffin rally from which this civil disobedience offshot (offshooted? offshat?):

After Griffin spoke, Choi cut in...

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...with these remarks (which may or may not have been done with HRC's knowledge): Dan Choi at HRC/Kathy Griffin rally: 'Our fight is not here at Freedom Plaza, it is at the White House' [AmericaBlog]

1:50PM: Per Metro Weekly: "Police just warned that all must leave the sidewalk in front of White House or be arrested. Choi & Pietrangelo are only two remaining. #dadt"

1:57PM: DC Agenda:

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2:10PM: More of what Griffin had to say:


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3:45: And now there's video from the protest itself

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Your thoughts

Solmonese and Griffin apparently declined.

Sorry that to see that you deleted the post on DADT hearings this morning.

Posted by: Jon | Mar 18, 2010 2:02:29 PM

Jon: The post in question was just the live video of the DADT hearing. Once the hearing ended, the post was empty.

If archived copies become available, I'll post them.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Mar 18, 2010 2:10:31 PM

Jeremy, I hope you'll watch and make a post about the hearing because it validated every single point about why DADT is ignorance bigotry. . .John Sheehan more than proved that he should either "retire gracefully" or or be fired by his commander in chief.

Posted by: Jon | Mar 18, 2010 2:31:29 PM

Oh yea, I watched it Jon. I'm hoping it's archived. I would imagine that at the very least, the highlights will come out.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Mar 18, 2010 2:38:08 PM

So, is Dan Choi in GITMO?? I never realized until now how much GITMO sounds like the name of a gay porn flick.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Mar 18, 2010 2:52:52 PM

OHHH! Dick! good one, .... but sorry that is discriminatory ... Het's do it too.

Posted by: LOrion | Mar 18, 2010 3:59:20 PM

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