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Thursday
Mar272014

Fred Karger - FRED - World Premiere Set for April 4th in New Hampshire 

Will be Feature Film Opening Night at MONiff Film Festival

PETERBOROUGH, NEW HAMPSHIRE -- FRED, the brand new documentary by John Fitzgerald Keitel will have its World Premiere on Friday, April 4, 2014 as the opening night feature film at MONiff International Film Festival in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

"Four years ago this month, I began my campaign for President of the United States as the first openly gay candidate to run from either major political party," said Fred Karger. "We began our historic campaign with a family brunch at Cantine in beautiful Peterborough.  Now, four years later, we've come full circle with FRED."

The World Premiere of FRED will be held at at 6:30 pm in the Peterborough Players Theater, 55 Hadley Rd, Peterborough, NH (603) 924-9344.  Following the film, there will be a question and answer session with Fred Karger, Filmmaker John Fitzgerald Keitel and former campaign Political Director Kevin Miniter.

There will be a Pre-premiere reception at 5:00 pm the Sharon Arts Gallery, 30 Grove St., Peterborough, NH  (603) 924-7676

Watch the trailer for FRED - CLICK BELOW



Check out MONiff web site:  CLICK HERE

Check out the FRED facebook page:  CLICK HERE

FRED will play again during the closing weekend of MONiff on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 10:00 am in the Putnam Theater, Keene State University, Keene, NH. That screening will also be followed by Q & A session.  Check on www.moniff.org for all schedule details.

John Keitel, Fred Karger and Kevin Miniter will be participating in additional screenings of FRED all over New Hampshire from Saturday, April 5 to Friday, April 11, 2014. 

For questions or if you know of an organization that would like to arrange a screening during that week, contact Kevin Miniter: kevin@fredkarger.com

Synopsis: 

2014, USA, 58 minutes
Director: John Fitzgerald Keitel

When Fred Karger began running for President of the United States in February 2010 filmmaker John Fitzgerald Keitel was at his side. John spent the next two years documenting his historic campaign as the first openly gay candidate for president from either major political party. Now a one hour documentary, FRED is out and gives audiences an inside look at the roller coaster campaign. Follow Fred from the towns of New Hampshire to the Iowa State Fair.  Watch as he takes on Fox News and Mitt Romney. See the reaction from voters to any openly gay GOP candidate as the campaign travels from New Orleans to New York, from Gay Pride Parades to the Southern Republican Leadership Conference. Watch Fred as he fights for inclusion in the debates, takes on his opponents and campaigns to let lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans know that anything is possible. It’s an hour of history that will make you laugh, cry and guaranteed to delight all audiences.

Here's the movie poster:

 

We will be announcing additional New Hampshire screening dates and locations on our facebook page:  CLICK HERE
 
In the meantime, enjoy the trailer and please post and share it with your friends.
 
All the best,
Thursday
Jun272013

OurAmericanInitiative - Game On for equal marriage 

Friends,

 

This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision that goes a long way toward getting the federal government out of the business of discriminating against gay Americans who simply want the same privileges and responsibilities of marriage that other Americans enjoy.  You can read my reaction here: Gov. Gary Johnson Reacts to SCOTUS Decisions on Same-Sex Marriage.

 

By striking down the provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that deny married gay couples the federal tax advantages, inheritance rights and other benefits granted other couples, the Court essentially returned the issue of legal marriage to the States.  In short, if two individuals -- gay or straight -- are married in accordance with state law, the federal government must recognize that marriage, without injecting its own definition.

 

While many of us envision a government that isn’t in the marriage business at all, this ruling at least removes the discrimination that DOMA had enshrined in federal law.  That’s progress.

 

Now, the focus returns to the various states.  38 states have some kind of restriction against equal marriage, with most of those being outright bans against same-sex marriage. As a result, despite the Supreme Court’s rulings on both DOMA and California’s Proposition 8, marriage equality is not yet reality for the majority of Americans.

 

Anticipating a ruling from the Court along these lines, the Our America Initiative has already launched initiative petitions in two of those states, Arizona and Florida, to overturn bans on gay marriage and begin the process of ensuring true equal marriage rights for all.  Polls show America is ready for equality, even if the politicians aren’t, and I am committed to fighting for that equality -- even if it means doing so one state at a time.

 

As soon as the Court ruled this morning, our organizations in both Arizona and Florida began printing petition forms and heading out to gather signatures to put equal marriage on the ballot.  Doing so will be a huge undertaking, but I am confident we will succeed -- with your help. If you want to be a part of this effort, I hope you will go to www.OurAmericaInitiative.com and make a contribution today.

 

In each of those states, we have done the legal work, we have filed the required paperwork, and we have put people in place to coordinate the efforts of activists from across the political spectrum.  But that is just the beginning.  In Arizona, we must gather roughly 400,000 signatures to ensure that our Equal Marriage Amendment will be on next year’s ballot.  In Florida, we will need almost a million signatures. Even though we will be relying heavily on volunteers, the reality is that gathering that many signatures requires significant funding.  

 

To seize the momentum from today’s Supreme Court ruling, Our America must raise at least $50,000 in the next few days to be sure that we have the people and the logistical support to get these signature drives off and running.  If you don’t live in Arizona or Florida, be assured that these efforts are only the beginning.  We need your support to take this fight to every corner of the nation.  I hope you will go to www.OurAmericaInitiative.com today and make a contribution that will allow voters to take marriage equality out of the hands of the politicians and make their own decisions.

 

Today was, indeed, a good day for equal marriage rights. But, in reality, the Justices simply gave us the opportunity to reclaim a bit of liberty.  I hope you will join me to grab that opportunity!

 

Thank You,

 

Gov. Gary Johnson

Honorary Chairman

 

P.S.  Your contribution today will go directly to support placing Equal Marriage Amendments on the ballots in key states.  Go to www.OurAmericaInitiative.com.

Thursday
Jun272013

NHDP Statement on Supreme Court Striking Down DOMA

Concord - New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley released the following statement applauding the United States Supreme Court's decision striking down the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act. 

“Today's decision is extremely meaningful for the thousands of LGBT families across the state, from Hanover to Hampton and Pelham to Pittsburg.  It is a decisive victory for American equality and justice for all.

"As a result of the Supreme Court's decision, more than 1,100 discriminatory federal laws will be no longer be in effect.  New Hampshire's married LGBT citizens and their loved ones will be able to fully enjoy the protections and benefits the United States government has guaranteed to heterosexual couples for generations.  

"When we look at the progress made for the LGBT community in the last several years it is clear we all owe a great debt of thanks to so many New Hampshire Democrats.  Senator Shaheen, Governor Lynch, Governor Hassan, Congresswoman Shea-Porter, Congresswoman Kuster, Speaker Norelli and Senator Larsen have each been incredibly strong voices for the LGBT community and equality for all New Hampshire citizens.

"Sadly, New Hampshire Republicans continue to be on the wrong side of history, from Kelly Ayotte to Jeb Bradley and Bill O'Brien, New Hampshire Republicans continue to oppose equal rights.  They have lurched so far to the right they are out of touch not just with the majority of Granite Staters, but even with members of their own party nationally."

Thursday
Jun272013

NHDP - Breaking: DOMA 

Friend:

The Supreme Court today struck down the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act.  New Hampshire's married LGBT couples will now be able to fully enjoy the same protections from the United States government as heterosexual couples all across the state.  
Unfortunately, New Hampshire Republicans continue to be on the wrong side of history.  Kelly Ayotte, Jeb Bradley, Bill O'Brien, and Frank Guinta stand opposed to equal rights for all New Hampshire citizens.  They are so far to the right, they are out of touch with many in their own party here in New Hampshire and across the country.  

 
Tell them today to stand with the people of New Hampshire and to support equality for all.  

Thank you,

Raymond

P.S. -- Once you've signed, please share -- www.nhdp.org/equality -- on Facebook and Twitter!
Thursday
Jun272013

NHDP - Flashback: Bradley Casts New England's Lone Yes Vote Banning Marriage Equality

Concord - In case you missed it, or have forgotten, as a member of Congress Jeb Bradley was the only Representative from New England to vote for a constitutional ban on marriage equality.  "However, because court rulings have threatened the legitimacy of DOMA by allowing same-sex marriages, I believe we should protect traditional marriage by ensuring that marriage is defined as between one man and one woman," said Bradley defending his discriminatory vote.

"As a member of  Congress Jeb Bradley represented the far right instead of New Hampshire's traditional values of fairness and equality.  Nearly seven years later and after being rejected by New Hampshire voters twice, nothing has changed.  Now a state Senator Bradley is still representing the far right wing and still opposing equality for thousands of loving New Hampshire families," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Harrell Kirstein. 

In Concord, Bradley voted against New Hampshire's historic marriage equality law, continuing to oppose equal rights for Granite State LGBT families. [HB436 Roll Call]  Numerous public opinion polls show that the majority of Granite Staters and Americans support marriage equality. [UNH Survey Center; Washington Post, 3/2013]

"Jeb Bradley is so far to the right he is out of touch not just with the majority of New Hampshire voters, but even with many members of his own party nationally who now support marriage equality for all," added Kirstein.

 
Associated Press: Bradley Casts New England's Lone Yes Vote on Gay Marriage Measure
July 19, 2006
LENGTH: 171 words
DATELINE: WASHINGTON 
Republican U.S. Rep. Jeb Bradley of New Hampshire was the only New Englander to vote for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage Tuesday.

The House rejected the proposed amendment by a vote of 236-187 with one member voting "present," 47 short of the two-thirds majority needed to advance the proposal.

Rep. Charles Bass, R-N.H., voted against the measure, as did the House members from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine and Vermont.

Bradley echoed other supporters who argued that Congress must step in to stop judges who have ruled in favor of gay marriages.

"I support the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), signed into law by President Clinton in 1996, which was intended to ensure that same-sex marriages would not be recognized under federal law," Bradley said in a statement.

"However, because court rulings have threatened the legitimacy of DOMA by allowing same-sex marriages, I believe we should protect traditional marriage by ensuring that marriage is defined as between one man and one woman," he said.