June 24, 2015
After six plus years in office, President Obama isn't hearing it from hecklers anymore, especially at home.
The White House held an event on Wednesday to honor LGBT Pride Month, but when one voice interrupted Obama in the middle of his address, the president let it be known where they were, The Hill reports.
"As a general rule, I am just fine with a few hecklers," Obama said. "But not when I'm up in the house. If you're eating the hors d'oeuvres and drinking the booze..."
According to CNN, an immigration group claimed after the event that the protester was Jennicet Gutiérrez, a transgender undocumented immigrant. Gutiérrez, a founding member of FAMILIA TQLM, advocates on behalf of LGBTQ immigrants to address what she deems their exclusion from the immigration debate. She could be heard shouting "not one more" and "stop all deportations."
President Obama noted in his speech that when he took office, gay marriage was legal in just two states compared to 37 in 2015.
The incident comes ahead of a pending U.S. Supreme Court decision on whether same-sex marriage is a constitutional right.