June 4, 2013 8:21 pm
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Mrs. Obama was speaking at a Democratic Party fundraiser in a private home in Washington D.C. when lesbian activist Ellen Sturtz, 56, interrupted Mrs. Obama to demand that President Obama sign an anti-discrimination executive order.
Mrs. Obama made eye contact with the protester then made her feelings known.
“One of the things that I don’t do well is this,” said Michelle Obama. “Do you understand?” After Mrs. Obama challenged the protester, the crowd began to applaud.
Then Mrs. Obama left the podium and moved toward the protester, saying, “Listen to me or you can take the mic, but I’m leaving. You all decide. You have one choice.”
The audience then turned on the protester, telling her that Mrs. Obama needed to stay and she needed to go.
Sturtz was escorted out of the room and says she was stunned by Mrs. Obama’s response to her.
“She came right down in my face,” Sturtz said. “I was taken aback.”
The executive order Sturtz was proposing would prohibit federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of orientation or gender identity.