Gays Heckle Obama at Calif. Speech

'Yes We Can,' chant 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' foes
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 20, 2010 3:28 AM CDT

(Newser) – Boisterous gay protesters interrupted President Obama several times with shouts of "Repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell" and chants of "Yes We Can" at a California fundraiser for Barbara Boxer yesterday. The president took the heckling in stride, assuring the crowd that he has every intention of changing the military's policy on gays, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Still, it was a jolting protest from a community viewed as strong Obama supporters. "When you got an ally like Barbara Boxer and you've got an ally like me who are standing for the same thing, then you don't know exactly why you have to holler because we already hear you," Obama told the audience. "It would have made more sense to holler that at the people who oppose it."
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