Saturday, October 24, 2009

Washington State Libertarians show principle on same-sex marriage; right-wing (faux) Libertarian Republicans whine about the gay "agenda"

The press release:

The Libertarian Party of Washington has endorsed the “Approve” Referendum 71 position.

Libertarians believe that people should be treated equally, that we all possess the right to equal protection of the law, as afforded by the 14th Amendment.

“No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” - 14th Amendment

Since the government gives benefits to heterosexual couples, it is imperative that we also extend these benefits to our gay and lesbian citizens as well.

“The children of gay and lesbian couples are entitled to equal protection, as well. Discrimination against the gay and lesbian community is also discrimination against their children.” Rachel Hawkridge, Chair of the Libertarian Party of Washington says “It’s horrible that people discriminate against loving, adult couples, but to discriminate against their innocent children is deplorable. It’s inhumane .”

Washington Libertarians urge all voters to “Approve” Referendum 71.

It’s the right thing to do.


Note the conditional sentence:

[condition]: Since the government gives benefits to heterosexual couples...

[requirement based on 14th Amendment]: it is imperative that we also extend these benefits to our gay and lesbian citizens as well.

I would have preferred the sentence to have been written to turn on discrimination not benefits, and most Libertarians would prefer that the government got the hell out of the marriage business completely. But until that happens, the State needs to be forced to play by the rules it created.

Unfortunately, our rightwing element of (faux) Libertarian Republicans does not agree. Note especially that agenda reference at the end of the first comment.

5 comments:

Delaware Watch said...

And where are the Washington Libertarians on supporting anti-hate crime legislation to protect homosexuals?

Steve Newton said...

Dana,
I have absolutely no idea.

They released this press release regarding an active statewide ballot initiative.

If you care that much, go ask them.

But stop trying to play the stupid equivalency game that taking position (a) doesn't mean anything if you don't also take position (b) that you happen to support.

Delaware Watch said...

Sorry, Steve, but I think it's a facile accomplishment to support gay marriage. It only requires a smattering of a sense of consistency to do that.

Bowly said...

And where are the Washington Libertarians on supporting anti-hate crime legislation to protect homosexuals?

If you have an instance of Washington Libertarians espousing violence or discrimination against homosexuals, I'm anxious to read it.

Chris Slavens said...

In my experience, Libertarians are opposed to crimes against anyone, gay or straight.