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We all know that the First Lady is a no nonsense type of person, and she definitely proved that to the crowd attending her speech at a private Democratic National Committee fundraiser on Tuesday. Michelle Obama was interrupted by a protester who cried out for equality for gays and lesbians.
The outburst took place about 12 minutes into the First Lady’s speech by a woman standing in the front row. She began yelling for an executive order on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights. Mrs. Obama showed no hesitation when she politely left the stage and confronted the woman. The First Lady began by saying, “One of the things that I don’t do well is this,” in response to a loud applause. She left her podium, approached the rude protestor, and stated, “listen to me, or you can take the mic, but I’m leaving. You all decide. You have one choice.”
The crowd followed Michelle’s proposition by cheering and begging her to stay and continue on the with the speech. One woman standing near the protester bluntly yelled to her, “You need to go!”
In an attempt to calm down the commotion the protester was escorted out of the private event; however, she did not leave quietly. As she exited she continued to yelled, “federal equality before I die.”
The protester’s identity was uncovered by the co-director of the prop-LGBT rights group GetEQUAL as 56 year old Ellen Sturtz.
Though her approach may have been a little misplaced, Sturtz was fighting for a good cause. She was calling for an executive order to negate discrimination by federal contractors based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Sturtz and other LGBT groups have been upset with President Obama’s refusal to issue such an order.
Sturtz was given an opportunity to defend herself in an interview with The Huffington Post. In the interview Sturtz revealed that she did not go to the First Lady’s event with intentions of interrupting her. She claimed that she had planned to reach out to a member of the DNC about her concerns. She admitted that she was engulfed with energy and the urge to speak up after Michelle Obama encouraged the crowd to move to make the country a better place for the next generation.