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Guerrilla Girls' "Vote No" billboard features Michele Bachmann [PHOTO]

The Guerrilla Girls-designed billboard uses Bachmann's words against her.
The Guerrilla Girls-designed billboard uses Bachmann's words against her.
TC Daily Planet and Tim Carroll

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With the help of a fundraiser held last month at Cult Status Gallery, Joan Vorderbruggen, founder of Artists in Storefronts, came up with the $2,400 needed to erect a 'Vote No' billboard in downtown Minneapolis.

The pro-gay billboard, located at Glenwood Avenue and 12th Street across from Lee's Liquor Lounge, was designed by the NYC-based Guerrilla Girls, an anonymous feminist group devoted to fighting sexism with visual art.

As the Twin Cities Daily Planet Reports, the billboard features a seemingly gay-friendly quote from Michele Bachmann, along with a pink equals sign painted over her lips. The quote -- "We all have the same civil rights" -- was uttered by Bachmann during a forum last November in Iowa, while her presidential campaign was in its death throes.

Here's the full exchange between Bachmann and high school student Jane Schmidt from which the quote is taken:

BACHMANN: Well, number one, all of us as Americans have the same rights. The same civil rights. And so that's really what government's role is, to protect our civil rights. There shouldn't be any special rights or special set of criteria based upon people's preferences. We all have the same civil rights.

JANE SCHMIDT: Then, why can't same-sex couples get married?

BACHMANN: They can get married, but they abide by the same law as everyone else. They can marry a man if they're a woman. Or they can marry a woman if they're a man.

JANE SCHMIDT: Why can't a man marry a man?

BACHMANN: Because that's not the law of the land.

JANE SCHMIDT: So heterosexual couples have a privilege.

BACHMANN: No, they have the same opportunity under the law. There is no right to same-sex marriage.

Vorderbruggen told the Daily Planet that the Guerrilla Girls purposely avoided using the billboard, which will be erected for a month, to take shots at Bachmann and other anti-gay marriage conservatives.

The billboard is "trying to show that the issue is a civil rights issue," she said. "My personal feeling is that it's a billboard that really has a strong backbone."


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