First lady Michelle Obama was heckled today during a private Democratic Party fundraiser by Ellen Sturtz, an activist with the gay-rights group GetEqual (video below).
Sturtz demanded that President Obama sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against workers based on sexual orientation or identity.
In response to the heckling, Michelle Obama threatened to leave the Washington D.C. fundraiser, which was held at a private home.
According to BuzzFeed.com, Michelle Obama said: "One of the things I don’t do well is this. Do you understand?”
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The first lady walked over to Sturtz and stated: "Listen to me or you can take the mic, but I’m leaving. You all decide. You have one choice."
The audience yelled they wanted Michele Obama to stay and Sturtz to leave. Sturtz was escorted out as she shouted: "Lesbian looking for federal equality before I die."
Later, Sturtz seemed genuinely upset that the first lady responded to her angry interruption.
"She came right down in my face," Sturtz told the Washington Post. "I was taken aback. I said I want your husband to sign the executive order. Her husband could sign this order tonight and protect 22 percent of the work force in this country.”
However, Sturtz did not provide proof that 22 percent of the workforce is LGBT.
Sturtz said she paid $500 to attend the fundraiser and gave $5,000 to the Democratic Party and President Obama’s campaign in 2008.