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Karger: Gay Republican Not a Contradiction

Karger: Gay Republican Not a Contradiction


Activist Fred Karger, who is eyeing a run for the Republican nomination for president in 2012, said he would return his party to the party that freed the slaves under Abraham Lincoln and advocated women's suffrage and environmental conservation under Theodore Roosevelt.

While some may criticize some gays and lesbians for voting for Republican candidates, Karger said that the two classifications are not mutually exclusive, and that a handful of Republicans who rail against gays should not be seen as representatives of the whole party.

"[The Republican Party has] gotten hijacked by a few far right individuals that have abused the gay issue to win elections and that's wrong," Karger said in an interview with BigThink. "And I hope to set that record straight by considering running for president myself."

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