LGBT: Glitter from Heaven at Minnesota State (un)Fair

Glitter rained down from the sky Sunday at the Minnesota State Fair as activists sprinkled sparkles onto the Minnesota for Marriage booth and participants shouted

Where’s our booth?! Equality for all!

When the fair opened, neither the anti-marriage equality group Minnesota for Marriage (more like Minnesota against Marriage, since the coalition of the Minnesota Family Council, the Minnesota Catholic Conference and the National Organization for Marriage oppose same-sex marriage) nor the pro-equality group Minnesotans United for All Families were able to secure booths. Minnesota for Marriage –I am trying really hard not to abbreviate them as M4M but I can’t resist–set up a few blocks away outside a church, while Minnesotans United shared space with the Independence, Green and DFL (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) parties.

The local Christian radio station helped out the anti-equality group. Broadcasting from a little white house inside the fairgrounds, KKMS regularly announced:

While you’re visiting the fair, please, stop by the Minnesota for Marriage information booth in front of Church of the Holy Childhood.

But on Labor Day Weekend, the fair’s last three days, all of sudden M4M was given space for a booth, while Minnesotans United for All Families were not. And as the video shows, people felt that was unfair.

Marriage equality is also a focus at the Minnesota House of Representatives State Fair poll booth, featuring the unscientific poll that queries fair-goers about issues that will be on November 2012 statewide ballot in Minnesota, like ice-fishing laws, and an ID requirement for voting, and whether Minnesota should add a constitutional amendment that would prohibit same-sex marriage. The amendment, which was sponsored by the Republican-controlled legislature,  passed the constitutional ballot question in May. According to Minnesota Public Radio:

The Minnesota Republican Party doesn’t promote a position on the marriage amendment at its booth, and a spokeswoman said the party has no plans to do anything with it during the fair.

Independence Party volunteer James “Red” Nelson told MPR:

This is Minnesota. They don’t pry into other people’s business. Let them do what they want.

Alex Hindin, a volunteer for  Minnesotans United at the DFL booth told TwinCities.com:

I just think it’s completely ridiculous and unfair that in 2011 and 2012, we’re going to be fighting about something like whether people should be able to get married. We’ve got so many economic problems; our foreign policy is a mess; the country needs so many things, so many problems to address, but instead we’re dividing ourselves over something like this, over preventing some people from getting married.”

I’m Jewish. And my family was pushed out of Eastern Europe by people when the government wanted to distract people from real issues and pick a scapegoat to kick around. I think I’m pretty sensitive to when the same thing’s happening here.

State Rep. Rick Hansen, DFL-South St. Paul told Minnesota Public Radio:

We’re getting folks that say, “Why is this happening? We had the budget issue and we had this focus on the amendment, why is this happening now?’ That’s been the number one question I’ve had here so far.

Fair-going glitter-bomb participant Joanna Hirvela promised:

Wherever there is bigotry, let there be glitter.

12 Responses to "LGBT: Glitter from Heaven at Minnesota State (un)Fair"
Clarknt67 | Sunday September 4, 2011 10:44 pm 1

These make me smile. :-)


Phoenix Woman | Monday September 5, 2011 06:58 am 2

The basic unfairness behind the fact that this booth was allowed and pro-marriage-equality booths weren’t has really stuck in a lot of folks’ craws.

That may well be why neither State Fair security personnel nor the local cops came after the glitterers:

[Nick] Espinosa, who has organized similar glitter dumps at Marcus Bachmann’s clinic and on Newt Gingrich’s lap, said no one was apprehended. “They just got off the sky ride and continued to enjoy the fair.”


Phoenix Woman | Monday September 5, 2011 12:09 pm 3

By the way, while the StarTribune reporter says that the action was done “on behalf of” Minnesotans United, MU was not involved with the glittering in any way – that was entirely the doing of Nick Espinosa and his barbarians.


skepticdog | Monday September 5, 2011 07:19 pm 4

It’s no surprise to me, Religion = Bigotry.


CTuttle | Monday September 5, 2011 07:28 pm 5

Wherever there is bigotry, let there be glitter.

I would love to see a whole bunch of glitter dropped on Israel, but, that’s just me…!

Aloha, Lisa… Pulling ‘double duty’ this holiday nite, eh…? *g*


ThingsComeUndone | Monday September 5, 2011 07:42 pm 6

But on Labor Day Weekend, the fair’s last three days, all of sudden M4M was given space for a booth, while Minnesotans United for All Families were not.

Which GOPer with Clout pulled strings?


Beerfart Liberal | Monday September 5, 2011 07:49 pm 7

Those fairs draw alot of fat people.


Beerfart Liberal | Monday September 5, 2011 07:50 pm 8

Still waiting for a response from the Yankees about when they will be doing their It Gets Better video.


ThingsComeUndone | Monday September 5, 2011 07:51 pm 9

Marriage equality is also a focus at the Minnesota House of Representatives State Fair poll booth, featuring the unscientific poll that queries fair-goers about issues that will be on November 2012 statewide ballot in Minnesota, like ice-fishing laws, and an ID requirement for voting, and whether Minnesota should add a constitutional amendment that would prohibit same-sex marriage. The amendment, which was sponsored by the Republican-controlled legislature, passed the constitutional ballot question in May. According to Minnesota Public Radio:

The Minnesota Republican Party doesn’t promote a position on the marriage amendment at its booth, and a spokeswoman said the party has no plans to do anything with it during the fair.

Explain this to me the Minnesota GOP has a both at the fair asking a poll question about Gay Marriage but ”
The Minnesota Republican Party doesn’t promote a position on the marriage amendment at its booth, and a spokeswoman said the party has no plans to do anything with it during the fair.”

This is a logical contradiction whats next day is night? Also just how bad was the early state fair polling?
If the local State GOP has to lie about even asking that question?
They now say they are going to do nothing about Gay Marriage at the fair but they obviously were asking the question earlier.
That suggests that they don’t want to publish the results of that poll question.
Next chance we get we need a poll on this question. Even one as unscientific as a state fair poll. Michelle is running for President by running against Gays.
Any bets the local GOP killed the question to save her embarrassment?


Beerfart Liberal | Monday September 5, 2011 07:51 pm 10

10:50 EST??!!! Where did my weekend go???


ThingsComeUndone | Monday September 5, 2011 07:57 pm 11

Those fairs draw alot of fat people.

Lots of GOPers rural GOPers and if Michelle can’t find support against Gay Marriage among Sarah Palin’s Real Americans at the State Fair then the GOP’s wedge issue to get 20%ers is not working on its micro target audience.
It may even be as Lisa points out be turning off voters who want to talk about jobs.
I guess even Real America doesn’t see how tax cuts for the rich and free trade deals create jobs…the GOP is in trouble but we need a Leader with Stones to exploit this.


Teddy Partridge | Monday September 5, 2011 10:10 pm 12

m4m!


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