On The Issues

LGBT

In Brief

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You have the God-given, inalienable right to live your life your way, without government interference, provided that you respect the rights and property of others.

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It’s none of the government’s business what goes on between consenting adults.

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All must be equal in the eyes of the law. No special benefits, no special handicaps, no special treatment.

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What’s good for the goose and gander is good for the goose and goose, and the gander and gander.

In Depth

The Libertarian Party is different from the two old parties in that we are the party of principle. Every law we support, every law we oppose, can all be traced to one central principle: that your life is yours, your property is yours, that you have the God-given, inalienable right to live your life your way, without government interference, provided that you respect the rights and property of others.

That said, it’s obvious how I stand on gay issues: your life is yours to live your way. Period. I believe that we should all be treated equally under the law, meaning no special favors for any group, nor any special handicaps for any one group. I would oppose any law granting special protections or quotas for gays, women, minorities, businesses, or politicians, and I would oppose any law that denied anyone full enjoyment of all rights and privileges. All must be equal in the eyes of the law.

I’m also calling for the separation of marriage and state. Whatever legal privileges are made available to traditional couples should also be made available for same-sex couples, including civil unions, inheritance rights, medical power of attorney and more, because what’s good for the goose and gander is good for the goose and goose, and the gander and gander.

It is none of the government’s business whether a company should offer benefits to same-sex couples. This is an issue for each company to address on their own. As a Libertarian, I will not dictate to anyone how to run their business or their private lives, so long as they do not harm or defraud others. If a company wants to offer such benefits, fine. If not, then they don’t. In my company, I offer no medical insurance at all. Instead, I pay people more than the average wage and allow them to buy insurance themselves, which turns out to be cheaper than I as a company could buy it, and allows for a greater range of insurance options.

The government should not interfere in any private affairs. It’s none of the government’s business what goes on between consenting adults. The best way to ensure that private affairs remain private is to vote Libertarian.

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