Glittering the Fair

At the Minnesota State Fair yesterday, a group opposed to a referendum to ban gay marriage in the state dropped glitter on a booth operated by a group that supports the measure.

The anti-gay-marriage group was given space at the Fair, which happened to be under the Sky Ride. The Sky Riders didn’t have a booth so they dropped glitter, which they’ve been doing at events featuring referendum supporters.

A Fair spokeswoman told MPR’s Sasha Aslanian the group opposed to the measure banning same-sex marriage didn’t have a booth at the fair because it didn’t register for one.

  • David G

    Of course, they didn’t relgister for one because they were told there was no space available, and they would have to wait until next year to apply.

  • Kathleen

    According to the Strib article, it appears that the anti-amendment folks were denied a spot earlier in the summer, but that the pro-amendment people asked for space after the fair started. I want to see some enterprising journalist dig into that and find out how that actually arose. Was there a last minute cancellation? On the surface it looks a bit suspicious. If there is a rational explanation it would be nice to hear it.

  • Amy

    This is just scary-the realization that bias has such a place in our society, it is given a booth at the state fair. Would the KKK be allowed a booth at the fair? The least you can do is allow the counterpoint. They should be glittering the state fair organizers and the Republicans in the Legislature who would prefer to legalize gender bias!

  • Francesca

    The Fair is a private enterprise (despite its very public appearance) that is largely conservative and quite discriminatory about both the groups it chooses to give space to and the extent to which they monitor the activities of those groups. This is legal because it is a private enterprise and they are selective in their discrimination so it stays legal. While they are well within their legal rights to do as they please, I wish more fair-goers understood this and voiced their opinion directly to those running the event (which you can do on their website). Crowds of attendees have financial power (as ticket-buyers and consumers of the various concessions) and should remember this and use it to push for the kind of event they want in their state.

  • Mike Hearts

    I agree with Amy. What kind of country do we live in where people can promote discrimination at the state fair? Sounds entirely unwholesome to me.