Republican strategist Karl Rove and Minnesota Rep. Erik Paulsen (R) were both separately showered with glitter Friday at the Minnesota Faith and Freedom Coalition strategy session.
The group supports an upcoming ballot measure to define marriage as solely between one man and one woman in the state’s constitution. The conference awarded Paulsen with a “Friend of the Family” award for his efforts to put the constitutional amendment on the ballot in Minnesota for 2012.
“You’re no friend to my family!” yelled Michael Cahill, as he ran past Paulsen and showered him with glitter.
A few hours later, Karl Rove was also doused in glitter as he was signing books.
“Because of the hateful rhetoric of people like Erik Paulsen and Karl Rove, I was subjected to ‘reparative’ therapy as a teenager,” Cahill explained in a statement.
“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.”
Minnesota lawmakers approved the constitutional amendment in May, giving Minnesotans the chance to ratify or reject the proposed amendment in the 2012 elections.
The “glitter bomb” was inspired by activist Nick Espinosa, who previously “glitter bombed” Marcus Bachmann’s clinic and Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich. Although Gingrich at first brushed off the incident, he later told the New York Times that the act is “clearly an assault and should be treated as such.”
Watch video of Rep. Erik Paulsen getting “glitter bombed” below:
Watch video of Karl Rove getting “glitter bombed” below: