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Fred Karger is a former GOP political operative who now is helping in the fight to bring equal rights for marriage to all Americans. Fred’s story, detailed in a recent Mother Jones article, is as fascinating as it is inspiring.

Karger’s activism outside of GOP causes started with his efforts to save an historic gay social spot in his California hometown. The effort marked Karger’s public coming out, and more importantly showed this republican insider the power of the internet and grassroots organization.
His own experience with campaign financing caused him to become suspicious of the financing behind proposition 8 in California. Monitoring finance reports from the Mormon Church, many of Karger’s suspicions were confirmed. Later ,Karger developed contacts  inside the church who tipped Karger off to a nationwide plot by the Mormons to make gay marriage illegal nationwide. By setting up front groups like the National Organization for Marriage, the Mormon Church hoped to skirt election laws and obfuscate their involvement, an effort that is now failing thanks to Karger’s work.
Karger’s activism however, is not without its price.  Karger has recently become the target of legal harassment by the Mormons, who apparently think they can use their deep pockets to silence Karger with frivolous legal action.
Karger is a brave man for standing up to this powerful organization, but he needs help. An organization "Five for Fred" is on facebook collecting 5$ donations to help Karger fight off the Mormon’s legal action.
Also, the group Californians Against Hate, with which Karger is affiliated with, is working to expose the underhanded financing of anti-equality efforts nationwide.

PERSONAL NOTE: After getting married four years ago, Ive come to realize how anti-gay forces are threatening my heterosexual marriage, and how destructive the anti-equal rights forces are for our society and for America. When one group is excluded from equal rights, that right becomes a privilege, subject to the whims of government.  I applaud Karger as a true American hero, a man who is standing up for the American ideals of equality and freedom. Thanks FRED!!!!!

Originally posted to Noamjunior on Thu Mar 18, 2010 at 11:28 AM PDT.

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