Bachmann target of glitter bomber, third incident against anti-gay GOP candidates


A gay rights activist on Saturday threw glitter at Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) as she left the stage at the RightOnline conference in Minneapolis, the third such incident on an anti-gay Republican presidential candidate in as many weeks.

The glitter bomber, identified as Rachel Lang, missed Bachmann, but yelled “You can run, but you cannot hide!” during the attack — 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 — according to Get Equal, a California-based gay rights activist group, who claimed responsibility for the glittering.

Among Bachmann’s anti-gay views, she has previously said that the gay community was “specifically targeting our children,” and that if gay marriage became legal, schools would be forced to teach children that homosexuality was normal and that they “should try it.”

In 2004, Bachmann said LGBT people suffered from “sexual dysfunction in their life and sexual identity disorders.”

In the earlier incidents, Newt Gingrich, on May 17, was was covered in glitter confetti by a gay rights protester who shouted “Feel the rainbow!”

Gingrich was signing books at an event for the anti-gay Minnesota Family Council, a group that asserts gays and lesbians are more likely to engage in bestiality, pedophilia, and eating human excrement.

On Friday, former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty was similarly showered with confetti, this time by two representatives of women’s movement CODEPINK.

Pawlenty has said that if elected President, he would reinstate “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the ban on openly-gay military service. As governor of Minnesota, he vetoed a bill in that would have allowed surving partners of same-sex couples the right to decide what to do with their loved one’s deceased body, because he believes in “traditional marriage.”

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