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UW Election Eye 2012

Campaign 2012 through the eyes of UW faculty and students

February 2, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Washington's same-sex marriage bill brings tweets and glitter for presidential candidates

After tweeting in opposition to the same-sex marriage bill, Santorum (and any innocent bystanders) may have reason to fear glitter bombing come the Washington state caucus in March.

SEATTLE — When presidential candidates hit the campaign trail, they talk local issues. In South Carolina New Gingrich exclaimed, “One of my happiest moments as president would be to come to Charleston to see the first container ship carrying South Carolina manufactured goods to China.” In Nevada, foreclosure capital of America, Mitt Romney is going on the offensive with ads against Gingrich and his ties to Freddie Mac.

In Washington, one of the big issues on the table will be same-sex marriage. Last night, the State Senate passed the gay marriage bill in a vote 28-21. The bill now heads to the House, where it is favored to pass.

The Washington caucus is over a month away, but candidates are already facing the issue head on.

Rick Santorum tweeted the following early this morning, “Wash St. Sen. votes 2 legalize gay marriage. I would fight 4 Fed Marriage Amendment. We can’t have 50 different definitions of marriage.”

In response to the bill passing, the Seattle Times has received hundreds of comments and Santorum’s tweet has garnered countless responses and re-tweets.

However, this is not the first time in the campaign that Republican candidates are facing this issue. Two words for you: Glitter Bombing.

Glitter bombing made its mass media debut on the show Glee. For all the non-gleeks, the storyline is as follows: In protest over her cutting aid to the Arts in high schools, Glee Choir Director Will Schuester drops a mound of glitter on U.S. House of Representatives Sue Sylvester, who happens to also be the Cheerios cheerleading coach.

Glitter bombing in real life has primarily been associated with protestors “bombing” public figures who are against same-sex marriage.

Those under attack of the glittery mayhem include almost every Republican presidential hopeful–both those in the race still and those out for the count–including: Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, and as of yesterday, Mitt Romney.

At a rally in Minnesota, Romney, his wife Ann, and one of their sons Josh, were blind sided in a haze of shimmer as they approached the stage. The protester then yelled, “Feel the rainbow!” before being escorted out of the rally. Romney, after being dusted off by his son, proceeded to call the glitter “confetti” and pronounced it a sign of celebration for his victory in Florida.

A masterful spin job, yes. But once he gets to Washington, voters will be looking for a serious discussion about same-sex marriage.

Comments | Topics: GLBT, Glitter bombing, Michele Bachmann

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