It looks like Republican presidential hopeful Fred Karger’s discrimination complaint against the American Conservative Union, which he alleges denied him a booth at the CPAC conference because he is gay, might go into mediation. The next step, if an agreement isn’t reached, would be going to court. Like much of Karger’s campaign, however, his goal isn’t winning so much as drawing attention to anti-gay politics.
Karger thinks that the ACU is keeping him and gay groups like GOProud out of CPAC for two reasons. One is financial, as big organizations like the Family Research Council and the Heritage Foundation have boycotted CPAC in the past over the issue of including gay groups among its sponsors, taking their large purses with them.
The other, Karger says, is that “they’re just happier without me speaking. They’re happier without GOProud’s representation.”
Karger says he hopes that his complaint will force the ACU to change their policy and that he’ll be able to settle with them in mediation.
Gay Candidate Headed For Mediation With Conservative Group [BuzzFeed]
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Stephanie Butnick is deputy editor of Tablet Magazine and a host of the Unorthodox podcast.