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Fred Karger: Openly Gay Presidential Candidate Still Running

As I write post this, Fred Karger, an openly gay man, is still running for President of the United States.

According to this e-mail I received earlier today:

I have known Fred for 20 years and have watched him closely the last two years as he has crisscrossed this country dozens and dozens of times as a candidate for President. He is constantly fighting the good fight for so many of us.

Today Fred is celebrating his 62nd birthday in Detroit – 2,200 miles away from home. In fact, he has been campaigning all over Michigan this past week for the February 28th Michigan Primary. Fred is one of only 6 candidates still running who will be on the Michigan ballot.

I asked him this morning what he would like for his birthday, and he replied, “I could sure use a contribution to our campaign. We need to make our Michigan commercials and buy TV time here right away.”

I thought I would surprise Fred with a $62.00 contribution to “Fred Karger for President.” I hope that you will contribute too and celebrate all that he has done.

Let’s surprise Fred by raising $10,000 today! Please send in $62.00, or whatever you can afford to make this a very happy birthday for our friend.

Thank you for your support.

Here’s the link if you are so inclined to contribute. This is Fred Karger’s web site and you can also read more about him there.

MIKE MANNING on Supporting Fred Karger, Openly Gay Man, For President

What surprises me is that I have yet to see anything about Fred Karger in the mainstream media. He hasn’t been mentioned on TV, in magazines, or in newspapers. I know all about Herman Cain’s excellent adventures, more than I care to know about, frankly. But not one word about Fred Karger…good or bad.

Fred Karger is gay and he’s open about it and he’s making serious bid to become President of the United States.

And I haven’t heard or seen anything about it in the m/m romance community either. I don’t know about anyone else, but as an openly gay man I find it interesting that someone like Fred Karger would even attempt to run for President. I may or may not vote for him. That remains to be seen. But I’d like to be educated about him so I can form a decision based on solid information given to me.

And I think he deserves just as much attention as good old Herman Cain, Bachman, or Romney.

Court Ends Ban: Openly Gay in the Military

I read this tonight and wanted to post about something I think is important. And no one ever mentions this aloud, at least not from anything I’ve read or heard from the media.

I can tell you all first hand there are gays in the military. I’ve dated marines, naval officers, privates in the army, and once I had a six month relationship with a guy in the national guard. Most people didn’t even know we were gay when we were out in public.

I know other gay men who have dated other guys in the military, and nothing bad happened. The churches are still standing; God didn’t come down and strike us all dead.

There are plenty of gay men in the military now, and there always have been. I didn’t turn the guys in the military I dated gay. In fact, the aggressive military guys always pursued me. It’s simple, it’s natural, and there’s nothing wrong with it.

Here’s the link, and here’s the article:

A federal appeals court in San Francisco issued a ruling Wednesday that ends enforcement of the law banning openly gay people from serving in the military, citing the Obama administration’s recent determination that gays and lesbians have suffered a history of discrimination.

The statute known as “don’t ask, don’t tell” was ruled unconstitutional by U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips in September, and a ban on its enforcement was imposed a month later. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals stayed Phillips’ ruling, though, while it was being appealed and to allow the Defense Department time to prepare for integrating gays into the armed services.

A three-judge panel of the appeals court lifted that stay in a two-page order Wednesday, granting a motion brought by the Log Cabin Republicans, a gay-rights advocacy group that sued the federal government over “don’t ask, don’t tell” seven years ago.

The 9th Circuit order signed by Chief Judge Alex Kozinski and two appointees of President Clinton cited recent changes in administration policy calling for “heightened scrutiny” of laws that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, like the Defense of Marriage Act, which deprives same-sex married couples of federal benefits.

“Gay and lesbian individuals have suffered a long and significant history of purposeful discrimination,” the administration said last week in ordering equal treatment of the spouse of a lesbian lawyer who works for the 9th Circuit.

The appeals panel also noted that the Defense Department “is well under way” in its training of soldiers and sailors for the transition to openly gay service by mid-summer.