Fred Karger, the activist behind boycotts against big donors to California's gay marriage ban, will announce Saturday in New Orleans that he's considering running for president in 2012.

An announcement released Friday by Karger says he is “seriously considering becoming a candidate for president of the United States in 2012 as an Independent Republican.”

Karger, who has decades of experience managing the campaigns of Republican candidates including six presidential candidates, says he's always wanted a shot at the White House.

“I've always wanted to run for office, but I was afraid before I was 'out',” Karger told On Top Magazine in an email.

Karger founded Californians Against Hate in 2008. The group has led boycotts against major donors to California's anti-gay marriage initiative, Proposition 8. He's also targeted the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the nation's most vociferous opponent of gay marriage, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons), filing formal complaints with state election officials in California and Maine against both groups.

The press conference is scheduled to take place Saturday morning at 11AM in the Marlborough Room of the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel on Poydras Street.

The hotel is the site of the Southern Republican Leadership Conference (SRLC) 2010, the most prominent Republican meet up outside of the Republican National Convention.

“I'm going to pound away at our issues like no one has ever seen,” Karger said. “Feel it's time to make this a part of our arsenal for equality.”

If he becomes a candidate, Karger would make history as the first openly gay presidential candidate.