Bills campaign and Minnesota for Marriage campaign say they were hacked

A group campaigning to amend the state’s constitution to ban same-sex marriage and the GOP endorsed candidate for U.S. Senate say someone hacked into their Facebook accounts to write posts on the same-sex marriage issue.

Andy Parrish, deputy campaign manager for the group Minnesota for Marriage, said someone also made unauthorized posts to the group’s Twitter account, He said on Facebook someone posted an Old Testament verse saying the penalty for homosexuality is death.


Parrish said no one with authorized access to the Facebook page posted the verse. He said the post is out of bounds.

“Minnesota for Marriage would never advocate for anybody being put to death,” Parrish said. “We strongly believe that anybody is entitled to love whomever they want to love. We don’t have a position on that. We just have a position on whether marriage in Minnesota should be redefined.”

Parrish said he’s working with Facebook to see who hacked into his account.

The alleged hacking comes a day after Minnesota for Marriage organized a protest outside of General Mills to criticize the company’s opposition to the amendment.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kurt Bills campaign said its Facebook page was also hacked in the past 24 hours. The unauthorized posting said Bills opposes the marriage amendment. Bills’ campaign manager Mike Osskopp said Bills actually supports it.

“This particular post caught our attention because it’s not a subject we’re talking about,” Osskopp said. “We’re talking about the fact that our economy is in trouble. So we immediately went onto the site and rectified it and pulled the post down, and we now resecured it and hopefully it won’t happen again.”

Osskopp said he’ll contact the Minnesota Attorney General’s office to investigate the matter.

It’s unclear if the two incidents are related.