Harvard Students Arrested at Gay Rights Protest

The students were challenging "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" at a recruiting station in Portland, Maine.

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In the midst of an East Coast tour to protest the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, four Harvard students were arrested and charged with criminal trespassing yesterday after refusing to leave a recruiting station in Portland, Maine, the Harvard Crimson reports.

As part of the "Right to Serve" protest, Jacob Reitan, who has already been arrested 11 times for protesting on various gay and lesbian causes, attempted to enlist as an openly gay male recruit. When the military recruiter at the Maine site refused, citing the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, Reitan and 19 other activists staged a sit-in of sorts, eventually leading to the arrest of the four students.