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Posted at 5:54 PM ET, 03/18/2010

White House protesters arrested

By Washington Post editors

The U.S. Park Police arrested two protesters who handcuffed themselves to a portion of the White House fence Thursday afternoon.

Shortly before 2 p.m., park police came upon two men who had chained themselves to a section of the iron fence on the north side, said Sgt. David Schlosser, a police spokesman. Officers told the men they did not have a permit for their demonstration and gave them three warnings about the violation, Schlosser said. The men refused to leave, so officers arrested them on the charge of "failure to obey a lawful order."

James Pietrangelo, 44, of Sandusky, Ohio, and Daniel W. Choi, 29, of New York, are scheduled to appear in D.C. Superior Court Friday.

Choi is an openly gay Iraq war veteran who has been a vocal critic of the military's “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy toward homosexuals. Pietrangelo is a former U.S. Army captain and also openly gay.

Choi said in a statement that he and Pietrangelo went to the White House to take their message directly to President Obama.

-- Theola Labbé-DeBose

By Washington Post editors  | March 18, 2010; 5:54 PM ET
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Choi illustrates what we said all along, that homosexuals are natural-born law breakers. Consider that there's a reason why homosexuality is rampant in the prisons. By it's very nature it is lawless and anti-social behavior. The ability to follow orders and keep the rule of law is crucial. We don't need law breakers in the military ... and we don't need homosexuals.

Posted by: penniless_taxpayer | March 18, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Wow, great commentary, penniless_taxpayer.

Who exactly is "we"? And where has this idea that gay people are lawbreakers been mentioned previously? And here I was thinking it was always a religious argument....

Posted by: que_de_que | March 18, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

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