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Rick Santorum glitter-bombed by Occupy protesters in Florida

The small group of men and women doused the conservative presidential candidate with fistfuls of glitter as he signed autographs outside a Tampa-area campaign stop. This is the third time in less than a month that Santorum has been glitter-bombed — a tactic used to combat opposition to gay rights — on the campaign trail.

Protesters shouted “Stop the hate, bigot” and "Rick Santorum is a homophobe" as they covered the former Pennsylvania senator. Since the start of his presidential campaign, Santorum has been a target of these groups because of his conservative stance on gay issues, particularly his strong opposition to gay marriage.

The three people responsible for the glitter attack were escorted out of the building where Santorum planned to give a speech. They were issued warnings for trespassing, but were not arrested.

Santorum was also a target for protestors while campaigning in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.