6 GetEQUAL activists who chained themselves to White House fence are released from jail

The six GetEQUAL activists arrested for chaining themselves to the White House fence on Tuesday were released from jail on Wednesday, but two of them are scheduled to face a trial in July, according to Metro Weekly.

Lt. Dan Choi and James Pietrangelo II, who had previously chained themselves to the fence in March, were originally scheduled for a trial on charges of failure to obey a lawful order April 26. But since the two now face similar charges stemming from Tuesday’s action, the judge has set a combined trial July 14.

The other four activists – Autumn Sandeen, Larry Whitt, Mara Boyd and Evelyn Thomas – were ordered to pay a $100 fine, which was promptly covered today by GetEQUAL.

Tuesday’s protest of “don’t ask, don’t tell” was one of three actions in as many days from GetEQUAL. On Monday night, activists from the group disrupted a speech by President Barack Obama in Los Angeles over DADT. And earlier today, they disrupted a House committee hearing to demand action on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

Dallas’ Mark Reed, Laura McFerrin and Chastity Kirven were among those involved in this week’s actions.

—  John Wright