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Joe DeVito on gay marriage and aging

3 Jul

Libertarians vs Conservatives – Gay Marriage

19 Feb

Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis calls for Ken Cuccinelli to drop out of Virginia race

13 Sep

Speaking before supporters at the Hard Times Cafe in the Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia, Thursday, Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Robert Sarvis said he is drawing voters from both Democrat McAuliffe and Republican Cuccinelli, as well as voters who usually stay home out of disinterest in both major parties.

Questioned by small “l” libertarian Republicans after the official question period, Sarvis insisted that Cuccinelli cannot win, being 7 points below McAuliffe, but that he, Sarvis, could, given that both Cuccinelli and McAullife are underwater, with higher negatives than positive ratings.  Sarvis called on Cuccinelli to drop out and  let the Libertarian campaign have his $2 million campaign chest to beat McAullife, who is widely disliked for his corruption, stupidity, and crony corporatism.

Sarvis promised more meet and greets and events in Arlington and northern Virginia (this was his first) in the last 8 weeks of the campaign.  Sarvis has run an active campaign, making many stops in Lynchburg, Charlottesville, Richmond, Roanoke, Tidewater, Virginia Beach and other areas of central and southern Vorginia, and has received a high level of media coverage.  Polls have shown him near 10% in the 3 way race.  The Libertarian Party of Virginia is running a dozen candidates for Delegate as well, including Laura Delhomme, an Arlington resident who works in IT for a non-profit, who introduced Sarvis at the event.

Sarvis addressed marriage quality and the history of government intervention in marriage in Virginia, including prohibition of interracial marriage.  (Sarvis has a Chinese mother and his wife Astrid, a pediatrician, is African American.)  Mr. Sarvis has undergraduate and graduate degrees in mathematics and economics from Harvard and George Mason Universities, and a law degree from New York University Law School.

Gay marriage shows us how stupid everyone can be

10 Apr
From left to right, stupid people are writing stupid things about gay marriage, and smart and decent people are writing lame things about gay marriage.  It’s kind of pathetic.

At the gay blog Good As You, someone named Jeremy writes about the possibly decent but irrelevant gay tea party activist Doug Mainwaring, who opposes gay marriage, and the largely irrelevant National Organization for Marriage, mainly so he can claim they are the vanguard of tea party activism and prove that all advocates of small government are fascists, so we should support Obama fascism instead, which at least allows us to abort fetuses and felch our boyfriends while it racks up 17 trillion in debt and drones little brown kids around the world.  What can one say?  Gay Democrats and leftovers are troglodytes who are too stupid to live.  Good thing so few of them will breed.  Meanwhile leftover editorial cartoonist Ted Rall argues that the gay marriage campaign is a Right wing conspiracy.

Then cute new dad Matt Lewis and the sagacious Jim Antle  both produce pieces in which they sadly discuss the social conservatives’ political loss on the gay marriage issue as if they were defending some principle, as opposed to mere prejudice.

Social conservatives really are, at root, as O’Reilly observed this week, theocrats. They could not give an argument for excluding same sex couples from marriage that did not appeal to God. All the other arguments fail, since some gay people procreate and raise kids, and some heterosexuals do not.

As a result all attempts to legislate heterosexuals-only marriage amounted to denying not only freedom of association, but to denying freedom of religion and establishing a state church (as conservative lesbian blogger Cynthia Yockey first observed) in that all marriage would be by legal definition only those between men and women, as the approved churches ordained.  (And same sex marriages performed by gay or gay friendly synagogues or churches would not receive a stamp of state approval as they would in the state recognized and established churches.)

Gay marriage has existed for decades if not centuries. Gay people in passionate and committed relationships have always considered themselves to be married, and so have some of their friends and relatives. In some cases women or men cross dressed and assumed the other gender to make their marriages legal. That state established churches and government courts defined their marriages not to be marriages is irrelevant. Why not just argue that having churches be separate from the government is unprecedented in human history (prior to 1776) and so must not be allowed, since it is legislating from the bench, judicial activism, and radical social engineering?

A heterosexual libertarian friend who builds websites for major tea party groups asked me this month what I, as a (single) gay tea party/libertarian activist made of all this. I said I think many issues are more important, like debt, taxes, war, and currency debasement, and I don’t think all opponents of gay marriage are evil, as opposed to just wrong. But it is hard for me to respect you, given your intellectual lameness. Sadly these articles, and the attempt to discuss the issue as a tactical issue about compromising is also lame, lamer than Lewis usually is. I don’t think you’ve identified what principle is being compromised. Both the right to marry someone you love who happens to have the same genitals, and the right to defend yourself, flow from the same principle, that of the individual’s right to own her or his own life and body.  It doesn’t matter that you always used the word marriage to refer to heterosexual couplings, or that men and women are different, or that ideally children should have at least two parents, at least one of each gender, or that gay coupledom is “inferior” in that it does not, currently, allow for someone to produce offspring who are the genetic union of two people in love.  Gays, and sometimes their friends and relatives, have long used the word marriage to refer to their more committed and passionate unions, no matter how you get the State to define words.  As with the economy, you just need to get the hell out of the way.

CATO’s Walter Olson speaks on marriage equality tonight

27 Mar

 Meeting Tonight

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
7:00 p.m. – 8:00pm (social time 30 minutes before and after)
The Camden Roosevelt at 2101 16thStreet, NW, Washington, DC 20009
On the heels of the Supreme Court wrapping up two days of oral arguments on two of the biggest LBGT cases of our time, please join the DC Chapter of Log Cabin Republicans as we host Cato Institute Senior Fellow Walter Olson and LBGT advocate Fred Karger for an evening to discuss the basic facts underlying these historic cases and the potential implications the decisions will have for the LBGT community and the Republican Party.
Walter Olsonis a senior fellow at the Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies. Prior to joining Cato, Olson was a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, and has been a columnist for Great Britain’sTimes Onlineas well asReason.
Fred Kargeris a political consultant, gay rights activist and watchdog, and former candidate for the Republican nomination for the 2012 US Presidential election. 

Gay marriage…not just for gay people anymore!

7 Mar



Delaware Libertarian slate for marriage equality

24 Jun

For Immediate Release———————–

Contact Steve Newton, New Castle County Chair, 
Libertarian Party of Delaware (302) 229-7197

Libertarian candidates in Delaware challenge their opponents on marriage equality:

Libertarians would prefer to get the government out of the marriage business all together, but today’s reality is that marriage confers social, economic, and legal advantages on the couples whose unions are recognized by the State.

We thus jointly agree with Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson that marriage is a civil right, and that the so-called Defense of Marriage Act is an unconstitutional attempt to deny the civil rights of some Americans in favor of the religious and social beliefs of others.

As citizens of Delaware we applaud the incremental move toward marriage equality in the legalization of civil unions, but this is only a necessary first step.

As Libertarian candidates for State and local office, we take the uncompromising position that Delaware should make the enactment of marriage equality a priority, and we pledge to work toward that end if elected.

We challenge each of our respective opponents, and all candidates in this year’s election, to make an unequivocal statement regarding their position on marriage equality, so that Delawareans in November will enter the voting booth knowing exactly where they stand.

Yours in Liberty,

Margaret Melson, candidate for State Representative, 14th District

John Machurek, candidate for State Representative, 16th District

Will McVay, candidate for State Representative, 32nd District

Wendy Jones, candidate for State Senate, 6th District

James Christina, candidate for State Senate, 7th District

Scott Gesty, candidate for US House of Representatives

Andrew Groff, Green/Libertarian candidate for US Senate