8 LGBT Rights Prostesters Arrested Outside Boehner’s Office

Eight LGBT rights protesters were arrested after staging a sit-in outside House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) office on Capitol Hill Thursday, according to the Huffington Post.

Members of GetEQUAL, the same group that Michelle Obama’s heckler at a recent fundraiser identified with, refused to leave the lobby outside Boehner’s office after speaking with an aide. The group had asked for a meeting with either the Speaker or his staff to discuss the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would bar federal contractors from discriminating based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

“It’s clear that Speaker Boehner has absolutely zero intention of supporting or moving forward the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) for a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives,” Sean Watkins, a gay Iraq War veteran who resides in Boehner’s district, said in a statement published in the Dallas Voice.

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