Gay activist and Presidential hopeful Fred Karger has released a 60 second TV spot that has already started running in New Hampshire, aimed at the National Organization For Marriage (NOM) and their efforts to repeal the state’s same-sex marriage law.
Maggie Gallagher and Brian Brown of the NOM have already successfully lobbied to strip same-sex couples of their right to marry in both California and Maine.
Now, the NOM is targeting New Hampshire and a number of other states.
Karger calls the NOM a “hate group” and says they are “here to demonize gay people.” Watch here:
LGBT advocates have considered New Hampshire — with a new, veto-proof Republican majority — one of this year’s most serious gay marriage battlegrounds.
House Majority Leader Rep. D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) said January 13 that repealing the state’s year-old marriage equality law is not a Republican priority in 2011, but refused to say if he would discourage the introduction of repeal bills.
Karger, who would be the first openly gay presidential candidate of either party, is running for the 2012 Republican nomination for President.
He has successfully lobbied to have the Mormon Church investigated and fined over their involvement in California’s Proposition 8, the 2008 voter-approved ban on gay marriage.
In 2009, Karger filed an ethics complaint with the state of Maine against the NOM for contributing $1.6 million to “Stand For Marriage Maine” without revealing its donor’s names.