Rift widens among gay-rights groups

I stirred up a controversy with this piece about the gay-rights movement dividing on tactics:

The gay-rights movement literally began to split at a March 18 rally.

Dan Choi, an Army lieutenant since discharged under the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy, stood before a group of hundreds of activists with the Human Rights Campaign at a gathering that day in Washington’s Freedom Plaza, a popular protest venue.

“Our fight is at the White House,” Choi told the crowd, “and I am asking you to send a message to the president with me, to my commander in chief.”

Choi then left the rally for Pennsylvania Avenue, where he chained himself to the fence in front of the White House in his camouflage uniform.

But the leadership of the Human Rights Campaign—the nation’s largest gay-rights group—did not follow Choi that day. They stayed behind, along with comedian Kathy Griffin, who was in town for a cable TV special on the issue.

Read on here.

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