As Waldo puts it:
Waldo admits: he got suckered by the Traditional Democratic Party Approach to gay rights: do the dinners, promise the moon, and kick the can down the road to the election cycle that, like Godot, never comes. We hang one simply because indifference is better than the active hate the GOP would be pursuing if they were in power.Time to, as Pam Spaulding says, cut off the gayTM.
Waldo then goes on to cite Americablog's well-documented list of nearly forty Obama administration slights and broken promises to the gay community, including such winners as
Asking a religious right activist who claims to have been “cured” of his homosexuality to headline campaign events in South Carolina. Then letting the anti-gay bigot spend half an hour, on stage, haranguing gays at the Obama event.
Refusing for months to interview with LGBT newspapers during the campaign, while his opponent did repeatedly.
Flubbing question on whether gays are immoral.
Inviting anti-gay activist Rick Warren, who helped pass Prop 8 in California, to give the invocation at the inaugural.
Inviting a gay bishop to the inaugural festivities, then not beginning the TV broadcast until the gay bishop has finished and left.
Here's the thing: the Libertarian Party could become the party of civil rights for all Americans, and still remain true to its core principles.
1. We want the government out of marriage all together in a best case scenario, but as a stop along the way require the government to play by the Constitution and allow any two consenting adults to get hitched without examining their genitalia.
2. Libertarians may differ over defense and foreign policy, but how about supporting the equal rights of all willing American citizens to join the US military?
3. Libertarians acknowledge personal liberty as the major lynchpin of our philosophy. How about adding a spirited defense of the personal liberties of LGBQT Americans to our daily lexicon, and pointing out the inconsistencies of the two mainstream parties?
4. Actively campaign for equality in contract and family law for LGBQT families.
The irony is this: it would be in keeping with our stated philosophy, but it will never happen because--as Waldo points out from time to time--the Libertarian identification with Republicans allows us to bring homophobic social conservatives into the tent at the expense of those who actually need our advocacy.