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Michelle Obama confronts gay-rights heckler at fundraiser

During a speech at a Democratic National Committee event in the US capital, First lady Michelle Obama was ready to walk off the stage after being heckled by a gay rights activist. The protester was identified as Ellen Sturtz, from the organization GetEQUAL.

CNN reports:

First lady Michelle Obama had a rare run-in with an audience heckler Tuesday during a fund-raising event in Washington for the Democratic National Committee.

The outburst from the crowd distracted Obama from her prepared remarks, prompting her to threaten to leave if the woman wanted to keep speaking.

“One of the things I don’t do well is this,” she said, according to a pool reporter who attended the event. Television cameras were not allowed inside.

Obama walked toward the protester, saying she could “listen to me or you can take the mic, but I’m leaving. You all decide. You have one choice,” according to the pool report.

The protester was identified as Ellen Sturtz of the gay rights group GetEQUAL. She was calling on President Barack Obama to sign an executive order barring discrimination based on sexual orientation by federal contractors.

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GetEQUAL ? a national social justice organization fighting for the full equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans has issued a Press release about the protest.