Perez Hilton to Minnesotans: Don't let Michele Bachmann "brainwash" you

Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton came out against Minnesota's gay marriage amendment this afternoon and took shots at Michele Bachmann on his blog.

Hilton made a direct appeal to Minnesotans not to discriminate against gay people in our communities or give in to Bachmann's evil powers.

"We know Michele Bachmann has made absolutely every effort to brainwash you...but please don't allow hate to prevail!"

The gay marriage amendment to the state constitution will be voted on November 6, 2012. If approved, gay marriage would be banned in this state.

Although the election is a year away, it's getting plenty of attention in the media.

The Star Tribune recently reported that the marriage amendment divide is "deep." MPR publicized the strategies being employed by groups on both sides of the issue.

Even Mayor R.T. Rybak has gotten in on the action.

"One year from today Minnesota will defeat an amendment that tries to use the constitution to take away rights," he tweeted on Sunday.

Minnesotans United for All Families Campaign Manager Richard Carlbom told City Pages that the Hilton blog post shows how important this issue is.

"People are paying attention to this issue. It's an issue people care about in Minnesota," Carlbom said. "We hear from hundreds of people every day who have questions about how this measure will affect their friends, their families, and their lives."

Carlbom called the amendment a test for the state.

"The fundamental question people are asking is, 'Will Minnesotans treat others the way they want to be treated?' It's the old Golden Rule. This is something people are going to be weighing," Carlbom said.

In his post, Hilton noted the challenges facing the amendment, which is running roughly even in the polls, and praised the efforts of pro-gay marriage advocates.

"We understand it will not be an easy task changing the minds of Minnesotans who support the amendment, but we're glad to see that so many people in the state are committed to supporting marriage equality! It fills us with hope!"

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