politics

Fred Karger, Latter Day Saints, Stop Hate


Fred Karger has been in Utah recently, and the ads he’s running seem to be targeting the Latter Day Saints more so than his oponent, Mitt Romney (who happens to be a Mormon). Karger made a video to which I’ll link below. But here are a few things I thought were interesting.

Karger has been waging his crusade against the church’s electioneering since he helped co-found Californians Against Hate in 2008 to battle efforts to repeal California’s amendment allowing same-sex marriage. Keeping an eye on campaign money coming from out of state, Karger first drew attention to large donations coming from the LDS Church and helped a Wall Street Journal reporter break the story of the church’s involvement in the election.

Who could forget that year? I know I can’t. We all took one step forward and two back. And though I’ve posted about Karger running for office many times here on this blog I didn’t know he was this passionate about this topic.

In April 2011, Karger largely self-funded a campaign for the presidency that he acknowledged from the beginning was more about sending a message than winning—or even coming close to winning.

The message Karger sent was twofold: that a gay, Republican candidate could start a dialogue about how the party views gay members, and that the LDS Church and, by proxy, LDS presidential candidate Romney, should be held accountable for campaigning against same-sex marriage.

And that’s what I was waiting to see somewhere in this article. For those who have not been following this, you can read more here. It’s a long article and I believe worth the time.

Fred Karger: Openly Gay and Running for President

In case you haven’t heard, there’s an openly gay man running for President of the United States this time. And I’m posting the facts about him without offering any opinions yet.

And that’s because I’m an independent and I’ve never voted along party lines in my life. If there was an election tomorrow, I can honestly say I’m not sure how I would vote. It’s all so dismal at this point I wouldn’t know how to pull the lever.

But when I see something different that might be of interest to the LGBT community, I want to share. Here’s a link to how Fred Karger stands on more than one issue. He seems legit to me. In fact, I’m more than interested in listening to what he has to say…speaking from an independent, bipartisan POV. There’s a Fred Karger “event” on December 15th and I’m seriously thinking about going.

I’d be lying if I said this one issue below isn’t something I care deeply about. It’s also something I consider when it’s time to vote. And frankly, the current administration has left me less than satisfied…and I thought they were the ones who were supposed to be on my side.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Rights

I am the only candidate for president who supports full equality for all Americans

Southern Republican Leadership Conference, New Orleans, LA – LGBTPOV. April 11, 2010:

“I will work hard to end to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, pass the federal Employment Anti-Discrimination law (ENDA), eliminate the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), make Gay Marriage the law of the land and make finding a cure for HIV / AIDS and a vaccine to prevent HIV a new national priority.”

Huffington Post – December 24, 2010:

“President Obama, Evolve Already… Gay marriage sends a very loud and clear message to LGBT youth that they are equal.”

Occupy Writers: If You Are So Inclined…

“We, the undersigned writers and all who will join us, support Occupy Wall Street and the Occupy Movement around the world.”

I’m not all that political. Basically, I vote independently and always on issues instead of party line.

And I’m not exactly sure what the folks in the Occupy Movement are aiming for, not exactly. They haven’t set out a plan or a detailed agenda. And no one is leading them. But I do like the basic, overall agenda I’ve read and heard about. So I added my name to occupy writers thinking that maybe our illustrious leaders in Washington might get the hint that we’re tired of their old time sleazy politics, including the lies, and we’re looking for a change. I think most of us are just as sick of corporate manipulation, like outrageous loan shark interest fees where people will never be able to pay off their debts, and greed.

If you are so inclined to join the other writers, follow this link.