Dan Choi testified on Tuesday, telling the court he would be proud to go to jail for what he believes in.
A former Army police officer, he was arrested for failing to comply with police orders as he handcuffed himself to the White House fence in protest of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
Using the civil rights movement as his inspiration, Choi explains:
The right to speak on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves is more than a privilege. It's a moral responsibility and I take that seriously.
But while he has no qualms with facing jail, he does have an issue with his case going to the federal court rather than local court. In federal court, he could face a fine and up to six months in jail if convicted. He and his lawyers believe his case is being made into a bigger deal because of his highly publicized gay activism.
Using those who rushed the White House after Osama bin Laden's death as an example, Choi asks:
What's the difference? You have not given me a reason why my free speech should be curtailed and their free speech should be amplified.
Totally! You tell it how it is, Dan Choi! You tell it!
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