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Michele Bachmann gets glittered; activist says Obama deserves the same [Video]

Michele Bachmann gets glittered in MinnesotaRep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) was showered with glitter as she left the stage Saturday at the AFP RightOnline Conference in Minneapolis.

The assailant, Rachel Lang, said that because her mission was to bring awareness to politicians who do not support same-sex marriage, President Obama was also on her sparkly to-do list.

"If he were here I'd glitter him too," she told a reporter who reminded her that Obama does not support people of the same sex getting hitched. "I think it would be harder to get that close to the president," said Lang, whose mother is a lesbian.

"My response to Michele Bachmann's hateful and anti-gay rhetoric was lighthearted, but these issues are very serious," Lang wrote in a statement. "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."

Although Bachmann is the third Republican to get the glitter treatment (other GOP presidential hopefuls Newt Gingrich and Tim Pawlenty were glittered previously), Lang explains that the cause is not a partisan one. "Any politician who doesn't want gays to be able get married should be glittered," she said.

During Obama's 2004 U.S. Senate campaign, the man who would just four years later become president explained the complexity in his mind regarding the issue, which to him is a religious one.

"Although I try not to have my religious beliefs dominate or determine my political views on this issue, I do believe that tradition, and my religious beliefs say that marriage is something sanctified between a man and a woman."

Two years later, Sen. Obama wrote about the struggle he had with same-sex marriage in his book "The Audacity of Hope."

"It is my obligation, not only as an elected official in a pluralistic society but also as a Christian, to remain open to the possibility that my unwillingness to support gay marriage is misguided ... and that in years hence I may be seen as someone who was on the wrong side of history," Obama wrote in the bestseller.

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Lang saying she will get Obama if given the chance:



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Photo: Republican presidential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is showered with glitter after speaking at the AFP RightOnline Conference in Minneapolis on Saturday. Credit: Jim Gehrz / Minneapolis Star Tribune

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So....if I thought that gays should not get married, is it okay for me to throw glitter on anyone who I disagree with?

Go for it! At least if she glitters the President, she'll get that awesome Secret Service dogpile, complete with drawn submachine guns and a lengthy prison term.
Which to me sounds quite fitting for an unapologetic perpetrator of multiple assaults.
Were it white powder she was tossing, she'd be under the spotlight of every alphabet-agency in the country, probably considered a terrorist.

I am disgusted with the depravity & perversion purveyed by the madia.
Confusing even the children, that Sodomites very clearly intend to pervert & molest.
Producers like the Sodomite Geffen ,Elton john ,and too many others purvey perversion ,enabled by their undeserved wealth ,and the children are confused ,anyone who dares to speak their minds are taunted ,and mocked for their right to dissent against the tyranny of perverts.
Where does the depravity end? Bestiality? Will that be next?
It is a sick ,sick, illness ,waste of life ,and that is what Sodomites have as their agenda !! DISGUSTING !!!

No, it's not OK. What you really ought to do is throw mud, or something gray like conservatism. Glitter is for progressives -- or did you know that and you are just being facetious?

Ah this is only haha funny, not HAHA! funny.

Neither Bachmann NOR Obama "deserve" violation of their rights & feedom.


This is an assault. Here is a dictionary definition of assault: At Common Law, an intentional act by one person that creates an apprehension in another of an imminent harmful or offensive contact.

Please tell me the reason gays are so obsessed with obtaining the right to same sex marriage. All of the benefits they say they'll acquire are already obtainable through contract law. That's not surprising since marriage is, of course, a contract as well. Most of them are so fixated on the political goal to gain tacit moral approval from people whose opinions they routinely dismiss as unworthy of consideration, it strikes me that the whole same sex marriage campaign is motivated by a lack of self-esteeem.
Perhaps I'm missing the basis for their campaign, however, and their is a reasonable motivation other than "we want to be like everybody else." If so, I'd sincerly appreciate someone letting me know what it is.

If someone "glittered" me, I'd light them up. I do believe that's assault, regardless of whether it's glitter, water, etc. Legal eagles: Please set me straight on this...........

Sharia Law will come to the United States. The flag of Islam will one day fly over the White House.

That's assault. Why wasn't that idiot arrested?

As a gay American, I am so embarrassed by things like this. Absolutely stupid.


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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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