The first lady found herself continually interrupted by a gay rights advocate in Washington on Tuesday night.
WASHINGTON — First lady Michelle Obama threatened to leave a fundraiser Wednesday unless a protester quit interrupting her speech.
Michelle Obama confronts heckler at fundraiser
Obama was speaking Tuesday evening at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Washington. According to a pool report from a reporter who attended the event, an audience member started shouting in support of an executive order on gay rights halfway through Obama's remarks.
Obama moved toward the protester and said the person would either, quote, "listen to me or you can take the mic, but I'm leaving."
The crowd started shouting for Obama to stay. The protester was then escorted out of the event.
The protester was identified as a member of the pro-LGBT rights group GetEQUAL and was "for an executive order to bar discrimination by federal contractors based on sexual orientation or gender identity," according to the Huffington Post. The president has declined to issue an executive order on the issue, while a related piece of legislation, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, has languished in Congress.
Obama was speaking at a private home in Washington.
The protestor, 56-year-old Ellen Sturtz, said she was "taken aback" by Obama's response to her protest.
“She came right down in my face,” Sturtz told the Washington Post.
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