Fred Karger, the openly gay man running for president as a Republican, has officially announced that he’s dropped out of the race. However, he’s made it clear that he isn’t ready to endorse Republican Mitt Romney for the spot.
“It is hard to endorse a candidate for president who signed the hateful ‘Marriage Pledge’ sponsored by known hate group the National Organization for Marriage,” Karger told The Advocate.
Karger says he is “going to hold off for a while on the endorsement front.” That puts him in line with the Log Cabin Republicans, who have so far also not issued an endorsement in the presidential race.
Karger was the first-ever openly gay candidate for president, and his name did appear on the ballot in several states, though he had disagreements with news networks when he wasn’t allowed to participate in Republican debates. He made marriage equality a big part of his campaign and led a case investigating NOM’s fundraising practices.
As I’ve mentioned before, I had the opportunity to meet Karger about a year ago, and he’s a cool guy. If you ever get the chance to get in touch with him, he has a lot of interesting things to say. This wasn’t his time for president, but he certainly made us think about why the term “gay Republican” is so puzzling.