Tuesday 26 September 2017

First Lady confronts pro-gay rights heckler

James Legge

Michelle Obama confronted a pro-gay rights heckler yesterday at a Democratic Party fundraiser, telling her: "You can take the mic, but I'm leaving."

The heckler was demanding an executive order from President Barack Obama on protection from employer discrimination.

The First Lady said: "One of the things I don't do well is this."

She then walked away from the lectern and towards the heckler, saying she could "listen to me or can take the mic".

The crowd shouted that they wanted her to stay and for the heckler, later revealed as 56-year-old Ellen Sturtz, to go. Ms Sturtz was then escorted from the room.

She said later she had paid $500 to attend the event. Held at the Washington home of a lesbian couple, 200 Democrat supporters paid up to $10,000 to attend.

Mr Obama came out in favour of gay marriage last year during his re-election campaign and has been even more vocal in favour of equal rights since his second term began. (© Independent News Service)

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