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.

β€œIt’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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