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Published on Oct 7, 2011
Karl Rove and Erik Paulsen Glitter Bombed at Anti-Gay Conference
BLOOMINGTON, MN -- At the Minnesota Faith and Freedom Coalition strategy session about the upcoming ballot measure seeking to re-write the state constitution to ban marriages for same-sex couples, Republican Party hit-man Karl Rove, and congressman Erik Paulsen were showered with glitter by a group of equality advocates who call themselves "The Glitterati."
The event was set to award Paulsen with a "Friend of the Family" award for his efforts to put the anti-family constitutional amendment on the ballot in Minnesota for 2012.
"You're no friend to my family!" exclaimed Michael Cahill, as he showered Erik Paulsen with glitter.
A few hours later Karl Rove was doused in glitter by a second glitterati member at a book signing at the same event.
"Because of the hateful rhetoric of people like Erik Paulsen and Karl Rove, I was subjected to "reparative" therapy as a teenager. It's this sort of twisted belief and hateful language that motivates families across the country to push loved ones into harmful treatment, endangering their vitality and emotional stability in the process." Said Cahill
"Let me be clear, we are going to continue these glitter actions so long as people like Rove, Reed, and Walker are doing everything they possibly can to make the lives of queer people worse." Egerman said.
Egerman was detained by Bloomington police and security for two hours as Karl Rove initially decided to press assault charges. After consulting with police and his lawyers he reversed his decision declining to press charges and Egerman was released.
"We want to protest the ongoing attempts to restrict the rights of gay people in Minnesota and the inclusion of anti-gay bigotry in politics. This effort to re-write the state constitution to include hatred and bigotry is a hate crime, pure and simple -- it's just taking place at the ballot box instead of on the street." Added Cahill.
The glitterings were sparked by the prior actions of Espinosa, who showered Newt Gingrich with glitter last spring and masterminded the famed glitter flash mob in front of Marcus Bachmann's anti-gay clinic, the glitter movement has spread, encompassing a wide breadth of both gay and straight advocates who are relentlessly calling attention to homophobic legislation and anti-gay rhetoric.litter by a member of the group of equality advocates who call themselves "The Glitterati."
"We've seen this show before," said Nick Espinosa, a local Minnesota activist. "Republicans are using Minnesotans in a desperate attempt to boost turn-out in 2012, not caring what damage they do to Minnesotan families along the way. It's sick, it's twisted, and it shows the desperate lengths that this party will go to in order to further their quest for political power."