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USA, Iowa: National Organization for Marriage’s Finances to Be Investigated Again

Friday, August 9th, 2013

NOM LogoNOM’s campaign finances are coming under investigation again, this time in Iowa. Joe.My.God reports:

NOM will be investigated for cloaking its donors during the successful campaign to unseat three Iowa state Supreme Court justices who backed same-sex marriage. The Iowa Ethics & Campaign Disclosure Board voted unanimously to investigate the National Organization for Marriage, saying that if the allegations against it are proven true, the marriage group’s actions would violate state law.

Fred Karger has been tireless in pursuing NOM’s finances. Go, Fred, go!

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What Marriage Equality Supporters Are Doing and Saying: 4/22/13

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Gay WeddingWe have a bunch of updates today on the marriage equality supporters side. Let’s start with Bill Clinton at the GLAAD Awards. On Top Magazine reports:

“You have helped me come to the place where I am today,” Clinton said in accepting the award. “That’s why you are the true agents of change. But we have all learned in our interdependent society, in our increasingly interdependent world that whenever people anywhere are denied any rights, it diminishes us all. That’s why we were so gripped to our television after those bombs exploded at the Boston marathon. That 8-year-old child was our child. And the same is true here. I believe you will win the DOMA fight. And I think you will win the constitutional right to marry. If not tomorrow, then the next day, or the next day,” he said to a round of applause.

Clinton, of course, was the man who signed DOMA into law, but has since had a change of heart, and along with Hilary Clinton now fully supports marriage equality.

Glee’s Darren Criss was also at the GLAAD Awards, and did a gay version of Carly Raye Jepson’s “Call Me Maybe”. On Top Magazine reports:

“We still wish we could go; The law said don’t ask, don’t tell; Then we watched as it fell; It’s a brand new day; So, now I have a new wish; Two guys, two chicks they can kiss and feel that true wedding bliss; ‘Cause it’s a brand new day; You start proposing, feel that big emotion for life-long devotion; This is where we’re going baby.” Hey, hey Supreme Court we say no; Hey, so goodbye DOMA, and so long Prop 8; Send out your invites for the wedding day; So long DOMA, and goodbye Prop 8.”

In Arizona, former Congressman Jim Kolbe is calling on the Senate to add same-sex couples to the immigration reform bill. Kolbe was the second openly gay Republican to serve in Congress. Towleroad reports:

The 11-term congressman from Arizona is expected to talk about the hardship of the current system on his relationship with his partner of eight years, Hector Alfonso, a Panamanian native. Alfonso is now in the U.S. on a green card, but the couple were forced apart for a year because a previous visa expired and the federal government doesn’t grant any legal status to gay couples. Kolbe is planning to marry on May 18, in Washington D.C.

Another proud, out gay man, actor Neil Patrick Harris, wants to move his family to New York after the final season of his sitcom. StarPulse.com explains:

Currently NPH lives in California with his partner, David Burtka, and their two-year-old twins, but they are planning to sell up and move to the East Coast as soon as Harris’ hit TV comedy comes to an end next year. Harris admits he wants to live in a state which recognizes gay marriage and hopes to make the move soon so his children can be enrolled in school in the Big Apple.

And finally, gay activist and former presidential candidate Fred Karger and several pro-marriage equality NFL players are joining a boycott against Amway for supporting The National Organization for Marriage. Edge Boston reports:

In 2012, Karger turned his sights on the Amway, the giant direct-sales conglomerate that some have called a cult. Its conservative owners, the powerful DeVos family, have given a recorded $500,000 to the National Organization for Marriage. Karger’s vocal protest to Amway has gotten some big-time results: Top NFL players have noticed and vow to join his boycott… Actress Jane Lynch, Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe and former Baltimore Raven Brendon Ayanbadejo have all lent their names and star power to the cause.

USA: Fred Karger Wants NOM Held in Contempt of Court

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Fred Karger Wants NOM Held in Contempt of CourtGay activist and former Republican presidential aspirant Fred Karger wants the National Organization for Marriage to be held in contempt of court, but NOM officials say his demand is unjustified.

Karger last week sent a letter to a federal judge asking that NOM be held in contempt for failing to disclose the names of those who donated to it in this election cycle, Maine’s Portland Press Herald reports. The group has been working against a ballot initiative to enact marriage equality in Maine; it goes before voters in November.

It also has been in a legal battle to keep secret the names of its donors from the last Maine fight over marriage equality, in 2009. The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld Maine’s law requiring the identification of donors who give for a specific political purpose, and state officials are investigating to see if NOM’s contributors fell into that category. NOM has said donors would be vulnerable to harassment if their names were made public and that disclosure laws violate the First Amendment.

Authored By Trudy Ring – See the Full Story at The Advocate

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USA: Fred Karger Boycotts Amway Over Donation to NOM

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

Amway BoycottThe anti-gay National Organization for Marriage fervently hides its 501(c)(4) donors, but still has to disclose the donors to its Education Fund (the Ruth Institute), its 501(c)(3).

Last year, ThinkProgress reported that NOM had received $500,000 from Douglas DeVos, president of the Amway company. Fred Karger, fresh off the presidential campaign trail, has launched a boycott of Amway and all other subsidiaries owned by the DeVos family.

See the Full Story at Think Progress

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CA, USA: Fred Karger Lodges Ethics Complaint Against NOM Over Romney Contribution

Monday, April 16th, 2012

NOM LogoLast week, Fred Karger, a Republican Party Presidential candidate, filed a formal complaint with the California’s Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) against the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) for failing to report a $10,000 contribution which was made to it on October 14, 2008 by then Governor Mitt Romney.

Fred Karger issued the following statement:-

“NOM has once again conspired to hide its contributions, and this time it was Mitt Romney’s,” stated Karger. “The recently unsealed documents (coincidentally from my last campaign ethics violation complaint against NOM in Maine) revealed that NOM received the $10,000 on October 14, 2008 from Romney’s Alabama PAC “Free and Strong America.”

That was only 3 weeks before the Prop 8 election in which NOM was heavily involved. Funny that NOM appears to have reported all the contributions that it received before and after Romney’s, but failed to report Governor Romney’s $10,000 to ban gay marriage in California.

Full Story from Gay USA

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USA: Karger Debates Gallagher on Marriage Equality on MSNBC

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

Gay Republican presidential candidate Fred Karger debated the National Organization for Marriage’s Maggie Gallagher on MSNBC, where Gallagher defended NOM’s tactics of turning gays and African-Americans against each other.

The issue came to the media’s attention recently after leaked internal documents from NOM demonstrated the group’s divisive tactics.

Full Story from The Advocate

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Fred Karger Releases New Ad Hilighting Marriage Equality Support

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Fred Karger on Tuesday released a new ad in New Hampshire that highlights his support for gay marriage.

In the 30-second ad, titled Fed Up, Karger says he’s unlike any of his GOP presidential rivals.

“Fed up with the Republican Party?” a male announcer rhetorically asks over a graphic which includes GOP presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann and Jon Huntsman. “Well there’s one candidate you just might like.”

Full Story from On Top Magazine

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CA: Fred Karger to Release Anti-NOM Commercial

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Fred Karger, a presidential contender and gay rights activist from California, will be releasing a statewide TV ad on Thursday.

The ad, titled “The Battle of Concord -2011” will oppose attempts by the National Organization for Marriage to get the state Legislature to repeal gay marriage. Karger, who is visiting New Hampshire for the 11th time, said the ad buy will start Thursday on WMUR and will then be broadcast on statewide cable. The buy will cost less than $1,000.

Karger has fought the National Organization for Marriage in Maine and California. “I’m calling them a hate group,” Karger said.

Full Story from The Concord Monitor

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Gay Republican Launching Bid for Presidency?

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Sen. Jim DeMint has never been one to hide his disgust for gays and lesbians. He wants to deny them marriage licenses and ban them from teaching. But that isn’t enough. Last December, DeMint told Bloomberg News that he “cringes” at the thought of a gay president. “It would be bothersome to me just personally, because I consider it immoral,” DeMint said at the time.

Senator, prepare to be bothered. Gay Republican Fred Karger announced earlier this year that he’s exploring a presidential run in the GOP primary, and it was clear last week in an interview that Karger is moving ever closer to officially announcing a campaign.

Karger is a longtime Republican operative who worked with Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush. He came out publicly four years ago and led a challenge to California’s Proposition 8, a ballot measure that outlawed gay marriage by a narrow margin in California in 2008. Karger has also brought the fight to anti-gay groups like the Mormon Church and the National Organization for Marriage.

Full Story from the Charleston City Paper

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