This is breaking - GetEqual (Kip Williams who helped organize the National Equality March) is staging a sit-in in Nancy Pelosi's office to get the ENDA moving forward. This is part of the big blog swarm that Jillian Weiss set up for today.
Also, Kerry Eleveld is reporting that Dan Choi and Jim Pietrangelo have been arrested at White House after chaining themselves to the fence for about an hour. Robin McGehee was the first arrested as she helped Choi and Pietrangelo handcuff themselves to the fence.
They came from an HRC rally against DADT and got into a fired up protest:
Police officers are blocking the gates of the White House with yellow tape and are pushing back about 100 protesters, who are chanting DADT repeal slogans and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
ABC got film footage:
Kathy Griffin, who HRC brought into DC to lobby for DADT repeal and called the Democratic minority whip a "big queen," was at the rally. According to JMG, this was her event and Choi upstaged her. According to Eleveld, she said she'd go to the White House with Choi and then didn't.
Kathy Griffin, who was in Washington at the behest of HRC to meet with members of Congress about DADT repeal, was also at the rally. When asked by Choi if she would march with him to the White House, Griffin responded, "Of course!"
Neither Griffin nor Solmonese was seen at the White House protest, however.
DC Agenda confirms that they were invited and that they weren't there, but they didn't catch the "Of course!"
According to this source, who is close to Lt. Choi, a number of people tried to talk him out of his plan. With the repeal underway and the study going full throttle, it is a delicate time in the repeal of DADT. This means that anything that could be seen as being problematic or aggrandizing or taking this issue less than seriously could bolster the position of those in opposition to the MREA and make passage that much more difficult.
DC Agenda also says that there was a counterprotester:
At one point, police directed the protestors to stand at the nearby Lafayette Square, where one woman in the midst of the crowd kneeled with her hands raised, praying for the souls of gay people. At least one person told the woman that she should instead pray for equality.
The White House says there's no meeting scheduled: