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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Following a speech in her home state, pro-LGBT activists added Michele Bachmann to the list of Republican presidential candidates who have been “glittered” to draw attention to their anti-gay rhetoric.
The incident happened Saturday at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Minneapolis.
Shortly after a speech at the “Right Online” conference, pro-LGBT activist Rachel E. B. Lang approached Bachmann, threw glitter in the air and said, “You can run, but you cannot hide! Keep your hate out of our Constitution!” It was a reference to the “You Can Run But You Cannot Hide” ministry for which Bachmann has helped raise money, and to a proposed ban on same-sex marriage in Minnesota.
Bachmann never made eye contact with Lang and in fact walked through the crowd to supporting fans without any interruption. Lang was immediately escorted out of the building by security personnel.
The ministry was formed by anti-gay Bradlee Dean, who was invited to give the opening prayer during the recent Minnesota legislative session that considered putting an anti-gay marriage amendment on the 2012 ballot. The prayer angered politicians to the point that it was denounced by both Republicans and Democrats, and the house chaplain was asked to give another prayer after.
“My response to Michele Bachmann’s hateful and anti-gay rhetoric was light-hearted, but these issues are very serious,” said Minnesota resident Rachel E. B. Lang, the woman who glittered Bachmann on Saturday. “Bachmann’s support of groups like You Can Run But You Cannot Hide show exactly how extremist she is — she in no way represents the values of Minnesota and certainly does not represent the values of America.”
Lang is not gay and is a lawyer in Minneapolis, but she has several gay family members, including a 75-year-old uncle who recently married his 75-year-old same-sex partner in Iowa.
“As long as Michele Bachmann and other out-of-touch politicians are attacking my family and limiting my freedom, there will be more and more glitterings across the country,” said Lang. “Today I welcomed Bachmann into the Glitter Hall of Fame and, until these politicians stop their anti-gay attacks on families like mine, people will continue to stand up for equality and the freedom to love whoever they want.”