Protestors pushing for a quicker end to the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell,'' policy were planning to protest President Obama's visit "by air, land and sea.'' The activists are pressing Obama to sign an executive order barring gay and lesbian servicemembers from being discharged under the policy.
Foes of "Don't Ask, Don't tell" plan "air, land and sea" protest of President Obama's visit
The protests were to include signs on the presidential motorcade route demanding Obama "End the Discharges Now," and reminding him that "We’ll Give When We GetEQUAL." Also planned: a second swarm of LGBT activists arriving by boats with two 40 ft. signs and shouting the same sentiments via bullhorns. They were also to launch two weather balloons carrying banners reading “GetEQUAL.org”.
Herald reporter Robert Samuels said about 15 people were protesting at a corner near the motorcade and 8 to 10 people were getting ready to go out on a boat.
"President Obama has failed to deliver on his campaign promises to the LGBT community, and we will continue to remind him of that failure," said Robin McGehee, co-founder and director of GetEQUAL.
Gay rights protesters heckled Obama at a fundraiser last month in New York, yelling and holding signs that read "Obama broken promises KILL.'' News reports said the hecklers were so racous that the president was forced off-script several times, insisting to the protestors that he's increased AIDS funding and is working to overturn the policy. He also told them to go shout at Republicans, noting that a vote on repealing "don't ask, don't tell'' failed in the Senate, with Republicans united in opposition.