The gay rights activist who "glittered" Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) at the conservative RightOnline conference over the weekend says if she had the opportunity she'd do the same to President Barack Obama.
Rachel Lang set her sights on Bachmann -- who recently announced plans to run for president in the next election cycle -- because of the congresswoman's posture toward gay rights issues and specifically her support for a proposed ban on same-sex marriage in her home state of Minnesota. Lang told a reporter at the RightOnline gathering in Minneapolis that she would pull the same move on "any politician who doesn’t want gays to be able to get married," including the president.
"I disagree with Barack Obama on a lot of things," said Lang when asked if she would go after Obama. "If he were here I would glitter him too. I think it would be harder to get that close to the president though."
The AP reported earlier this year on a turning point in the evolution of the president's stance on same-sex marriage:
In a major policy reversal, the Obama administration said Wednesday it will no longer defend the constitutionality of a federal law banning recognition of same-sex marriage.
Attorney General Eric Holder said President Barack Obama has concluded that the administration cannot defend the federal law that defines marriage as only between a man and a woman. He noted that the congressional debate during passage of the Defense of Marriage Act "contains numerous expressions reflecting moral disapproval of gays and lesbians and their intimate and family relationships - precisely the kind of stereotype-based thinking and animus the (Constitution's) Equal Protection Clause is designed to guard against."
At the White House, spokesman Jay Carney said Obama himself is still "grappling" with his personal view of gay marriage but has always personally opposed the Defense of Marriage Act as "unnecessary and unfair."
HuffPost's Sam Stein recently reported the position-shift in examining the state of the larger relationship between the president and gay rights advocates ahead of 2012:
"It was something only he could do, and it sent a strong message," said Steve Elmendorf, a prominent Democratic strategist and gay rights advocate. "It signaled that he is moving on marriage."
Still, Elmendorf said, Obama is "not where he needs to be on marriage. The energy in the community is obviously focused on marriage right now, but they also realize it is a state issue and there is nothing immediate Obama can do so long as John Boehner is Speaker."
Lang said over the weekend, "I hope that people across America will take the glitterati movement to every politician who won’t stand up for gay rights."