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04/19/2007


Documentary on Gay Republican Presidential Candidate Fred Karger to Premiere: VIDEO

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As you may recall, Fred Karger, who is also perhaps the most intrepid independent activist fighting to expose the Mormon Church's donations to Prop 8 and NOM's illegal financial activities, ran for President in 2012.

Karger was the first openly gay presidentital candidate to appear on the New Hampshire primary ballot and ran under the campaign slogan "Fred who?". He hoped to show people and the party that there is a different kind of Republican, and now there is a documentary about his campaign premiering tomorrow.

It's the opening night film at MONiff International Film Festival in Peterborough, New Hampshire before it begins a trip around the Granite State this week.

Check out the trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Michigan County GOP Chairman Represents Party’s Shifting Attitude Towards Gay Marriage

WorthamsPolls may suggest that the Republican Party is slowly but surely inching its way towards LGBT acceptance, but Dave Worthams is living proof. The Kalamazoo County GOP chairman isn’t gay, but happens to be in an interracial marriage and said he sees the parallels between the anti-miscegenation laws in the 20th century and laws today that ban same-sex marriage. MLive's Julie Mack reports:

"There were numerous people who marched on the streets, got attacked by dogs, so someone like me could love a white woman, a Hispanic woman," Worthams said, and he's come to think that the same rights should be extended to gay couples.

"At the end of the day, you should be able to love with who you want," Worthams said.

Worthams hopes that, like the 1967 landmark ruling in Loving v. Virginia that invalidated laws prohibiting interracial marriage, the marriage equality issues will be solved at the U.S. Supreme Court level. Same-sex marriages briefly took place in Michigan last weekend but a stay was granted by the 6th circuit court of appeals.  

While the judicial system battle plays out, Wortham said that as a Republican leader his goals are to minimize gay marriage as a divisive issue in the party and let others outside the party know that there is a diversity of opinion within the GOP.

Dave agemaHe singled out fellow Michigan GOP chairman Dave Agema as an example of someone who doesn’t “get the bigger picture about treating people with compassion.” Agema, you'll recall, made headlines a few months ago after making a series of virulently anti-gay statements that eventually led to calls for his resignation from local, state, and national party leaders. (Agema refused)

Worthams said he is frustrated that people see Agema as representing the GOP mainstream as opposed to just a fringe individual.

"Not all Republican leaders are trying to keep people apart," he said. "I think there are allies all around (for the GLBT community.)  There are allies in places that are unexpected."


GOP Senate Hopeful Joni Ernst 'Grew Up Castrating Hogs', So She Can Cut Pork in Washington: VIDEO

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Joni Ernst is a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Iowa (among several vying for retiring Senator Tom Harkin's seat) and she's making a big play for the pork-cutting vote.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

(via gawker)

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Nate Silver Says GOP Has a 60 Percent Shot at Retaking the Senate: VIDEO

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Gay statistician Nate Silver, who successfully predicted all 50 states in the 2012 election, is now forecasting that the Republican Party has about a 60% chance at retaking the Senate in the 2014 midterms.

Screen Shot 2014-03-24 at 5.53.08 AM 1Silver, who recently launched his own “data journalism” site FiveThirtyEight, spoke with ABC’s Jon Karl about what the GOP’s path of least resistance will look like later this year.  

Even more alarming, Silver predicts the GOP has a 30% chance of "winning big," - up to 11 seats. Here's hoping the wins won't be of the Tea Party variety if this scenario plays out. 

Watch Silver crunch the numbers, AFTER THE JUMP

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Gay Congressional Hopeful Richard Tisei Boycotting GOP Convention Over Anti-Gay Platform

Gay Republican Richard Tisei, who is running for Congress and was the GOP’s nominee for Massachusetts lieutenant governor in 2010, says he's sitting out the state GOP convention because its platform is anti-gay, the Boston Globe reports:

Tisei“I don’t want to go and be seen in any way to be endorsing that,” said Tisei, who is gay and who got married last summer. “I don’t really feel comfortable being at a convention where the platform takes the party backward, rather than forward, as far as appealing to a large group of Massachusetts voters.”

The platform that was overwhelmingly approved by state committee members frowns on abortion and gay marriage, social issues that the GOP in Massachusetts had previously avoided addressing, for fear of alienating the state’s many liberal and libertarian-minded voters.


GOP Hipster May Actually Support Marriage Equality: VIDEO

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The Republican National Committee's new TV ads featuring young hipsters and people of color has already been widely lambasted for pandering, stilted writing and the fact that many GOP policies actively hurt the very people the ads seem directed towards.

However, gay activist Jeremy Hooper has discovered that even though the official Republican national platform opposes same-sex marriage, one of the GOP's bespectacled spokes-hipsters, Scott Greenberg, once posed for a photo with the gay-married reality show couple The Fabulous Beekman Boys. Hooper writes:

If (Greenberg) is as pro-LGBT as appearances would lead me to believe, it would actually make sense that the GOP is going this direction. After all, it's only a matter of time before they have to become an LGBT-accepting party, if they want to be in the ballgame at all.

The photo itself may not matter much at all because, as Gawker's Adam Weinstein points out, the ad (currently running in 14 swing Senate states) may not even actually be targeted at 30-something hipsters:

The RNC likely doesn't give a flying rat's patoot if this campaign hooks in a single under-35 voter. But if it impresses a couple of rich country-club grandpas and loosens up their checkbooks, it will have served its purpose. This is marketing for dollars, not for votes. 

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