Lt. Dan Choi and Jim Pietrangelo—who are being discharged and were let go under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ( DADT ) , respectively—were arrested March 18 for handcuffing themselves to the White House gates while protesting the policy, according to

Choi was speaking at a Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) rally about repealing DADT when he asked HRC President Joe Solmonese if he would march to the White House. Chanting protesters clashed with police officers, who had surrounded the gates of the White House with yellow tape.

Actress/comedian/LGBT ally Kathy Griffin, who was in D.C. to meet with federal legislators about repealing DADT, was also at the rally. Choi also asked her if she would march, to which Griffin replied, "Of course!" However, neither Griffin nor Solmonese went to the White House protest.