Monday, October 22, 2012

Fred Karger Files Charges Against Anti-Gay Marriage Group

I post these things primarily because most people aren't going to read about them or hear about them in the mainstream. Evidently, Fred Karger, an openly gay man who ran on the Republican ticket for President this year, is seeking the names of private donors who have been helping to fund a private anti-gay marriage group called The National Organization for Marriage....NOM.

Yes, you heard that correctly. Karger is openly gay, a Republican, he supports gay marriage, and he ran for President. Will wonders ever cease. Pardon my sarcasm, but let's face it. The only thing we hear about these days with regard to equal rights is what's posted on the Internet by small groups with good intentions. Or small blogs like mine that average about 1,000 hits a day. You don't see anyone else talking about it, not Democrat or Republican.

In any event, this is what Karger wants:

Fred Karger, a California-based gay-rights activist and unsuccessful Republican presidential candidate, has sent a letter to U.S. District Court Judge D. Brock Hornby asking him to find NOM in contempt of court for failing to disclose individual donors in the current election cycle, as possibly required by recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings in the case.

Karger also sent letters to the American Bar Association and its state-level counterparts in Maine, California and South Dakota asking that NOM chairman John Charles Eastman, a constitutional lawyer and law professor, be disciplined for the same reason.

This is why he might not get what he wants:

NOM maintains this year's contribution came entirely from its general treasury. Under Maine law, the organization is not required to disclose the sources of such donations, provided the funds were not solicited for a specific political purpose.

The federal court rulings have "not required that NOM disclose donors to its general treasury, any more than the Supreme Court and other courts have required disclosure of donors to the ACLU or Human Rights Campaign, which are supporting Question 1," Eastman said in a statement earlier this month.

"NOM is in absolute compliance," says Carroll Conley Jr., co-chairman of Protect Marriage Maine, which received the organization's $250,000 donation. "The Supreme Court did not require them to reveal the names of their donors who gave to their general fund."

You can read more here.

I recommend reading the entire article because it gets more complicated than this. It's been alleged that NOM is not in full compliance. But there's an ongoing investigation to determine this.

At least Karger is doing SOMETHING. Because no one else in the LGBT political landscape seems to be doing a single thing to help advance same sex marriage and equal rights.

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