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

June 20, 2011 |  2:03 pm

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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-- Tony Pierce

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