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Gay rights arrests at White House

From NBC's Athena Jones
Park Police arrested several gay rights protestors who had handcuffed themselves to the fence in front of the White House. Capt. P.J. Beck of the Park Police said they were arrested for "failure to obey a lawful order" and that they would be taken to the Anacostia station to be processed.

According to a release from GetEQUAL, the gay rights group that organized the protest, there were six servicemembers arrested.

Police uncuffed them and slowly led them away one by one. Lt. Dan Choi, who was arrested here in a similar protest on March 18th, was the last to be handcuffed. GetEQUAL also organized that protest, and was also behind the group of protestors who interrupted President Obama's remarks at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Los Angeles Monday night.

Choi and another man wore fatigues and a black beret, a woman wore fatigues and a fourth man -- who appeared to be in his 50s or 60s -- wore a white Naval uniform.

Each protestor, including Choi, stood silently as they were uncuffed from the fence. Choi did not respond to shouted questions.

At one point, police had to use large metal cutters to get the cuffs off the fence. When Choi was finally uncuffed from the fence, police placed plastic cuffs on him and led him slowly to the waiting van.