Karen Ocamb

Karger Calls for Romney, Santorum, Gingrich to Disavow NOM Pledge

Filed By Karen Ocamb | April 02, 2012 4:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Fred Karger, marriage equality, Mitt Romney, National Organization for Marriage, Newt Gingrich, NOM pledge, Rick Santorum, same-sex marriage

Three more Republican presidential primaries are coming up on April 3 in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington D.C.. It is unclear if political reporters will ask frontrunner Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul (the latter two being pressed to leave Fred-Karger-in-Maryland-1.jpgthe race since they have no real clear path to winning the nomination) to comment on the recent documents revealing that the National Organization for Marriage strategy to divide gays and blacks. But openly gay GOP presidential candidate Fred Karger - who initiated the investigation that resulted in the documents becoming public - is talking about it - asking Romney, Santorum and Gingrich to disavow the NOM pledge they took early in the campaign.

Openly gay Republican presidential candidate Fred Karger speaking at Towson University in Maryland Thursday, March 29 (Photo via Fred Karger)

Karger spoke at Towson University in Maryland Thursday night, March 29, and said:

Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich -- you should immediately disavow the National Organization for Marriage's Pledge that each of you signed. We now have the proof that NOM is an unethical and deceitful operation.

In a newsletter to supporters, Karger wrote:

Earlier this week, as part of a 2 ½ year money laundering investigation of the National Organization for Marriage by the State Ethics Commission and Attorney General of Maine, a federal judge unsealed four scathing documents that had been subpoenaed from NOM. These formerly "confidential" papers from 2009 show all the lies and possible illegal campaign activates that NOM has committed for many years.

The documents discuss detailed campaign strategy and the millions of dollars to be spent in upcoming gay marriage battles in Maine, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut and Washington, DC.

Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich all signed this horrific and divisive pledge which commits them to take certain actions as President.

Romney's Pledge: CLICK HERE

Santorum's Pledge: CLICK HERE

Gingrich's Pledge: CLICK HERE

The NOM Pledge states:

Support and send to states a federal marriage amendment.

Defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in court.

Appoint judges and an attorney general who will respect the original meaning of the Constitution.

Appoint a Presidential Commission to investigate harassment of traditional marriage supporters.

Support legislation that would return to the people of D.C. their right to vote for marriage.

Karger, who is also founder of Rights Equals Rights, filed his original sworn complaint with the Maine Ethics Commission on August 24, 2009, accusing NOM of money laundering in its campaign to overturn Maine's recently passed marriage equality law.

In his Towson speech, Karger also told students, "Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich should immediately repudiate the unethical and potentially illegal campaign activities of the National Organization for Marriage."

"In the final three months of this long and hard-fought campaign for the Republican nomination for President, let's work together toward equality for all Americans," concluded Karger.

Karger and Ron Paul remain the only two active candidates to refuse to sign NOM's pledge.

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