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"Texas officials concerned about glitter bombs"

March 13, 2015 | by Staff reports
Texas officials concerned about glitter bombs
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Vermin Supreme glitter bombed Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry during the New Hampshire Institute of Politics’ “lesser known candidates forum” at St. Anselm’s College, Manchester, N.H. in 2012. (Photo by Marc Nozell; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)
Public officials in Texas, where several anti-gay laws have hit the state legislature, say “glitter bombs,” in which tubes or handfuls of glitter are either thrown or sent via mail to anti-gay legislators could pose safety issues, the Texas Tribune reports.
In an e-mail sent to legislative staffers last week, the state’s Department of Public Safety warned that glitter bombs can be dangerous if glitter enters the eyes, nose or lungs.
“Glitter bombing is a relatively recent phenomenon and has been adopted as a form of protest particularly (but not exclusively) by gay rights activists and supporters,” the e-mail and an attached document on the phenomenon, reads. Citing several politicians who have been glitter bombed, it said, “The common denominator among these political figures is a conservative orientation and opposition to gay rights, especially marriage equality.”

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