May 18, 2011 at 8:55 am EDT | by Phil Reese
Video: Newt Gingrich hit with glitter by protester in Minneapolis

A visitor to Newt and Callista Gingrich’s Minneapolis book signing found a very creative way to protest Gingrich’s anti-gay stances.

According to several reports, Minnesota activist, Nick Espinosa–who last year showered Gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer with pennies to call attention to immigration issues–surprised Gingrich and his wife with a shower of glitter at the event.  Gingrich announced his candidacy for the Republican Presidential nomination on March 11, and is currently touring swing states.

“Feel the rainbow, Newt,” said Espinosa as he dropped the confetti, “Stop the hate. Stop anti-gay politics. It’s dividing our country and it’s not fixing our economy.”

The former Georgia Representative, and Clinton-era Speaker of the House has a history of making anti-gay statements.  In 2008 Gingrich took to The O’Reilly Factor on Fox News to share his feelings about what he considers a great threat to America coming from the LGBT community.

“There is a gay and secular fascism in this country that wants to impose its will on the rest of us, is prepared to use violence, to use harassment. I think it is prepared to use the government if it can get control of it.”

Gingrich’s comments were in response to protests that followed the passage of Proposition 8 in California, which ended marriage equality in that state and defined marriage as a union between “one man and one woman” in the California Constitution.

After Espinosa’s prank, Gingrich responded “Nice to live in a free country,” as he scooped up and disposed of the confetti.

(Video: Associated Press via YouTube)


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