Sunday, May 18, 2008

Libertarian Party of California and Presidential Candidates respond to Marriage Equality decisions

First let's start with the Libertarian Party of California (Courtesy of Third Party Watch):

The Chair of the Libertarian Party of California said today’s California Supreme Court decision regarding same-sex marriage was the right one, but that it is only a small victory in the larger battle against government interference in marriage.

Kevin Takenaga, chair of the Libertarian Party of California, issued the following statement:

“People who truly cherish freedom see today’s Supreme Court decision as a victory for liberty and common sense. There’s no reason why consenting adults should not be allowed to marry so long as their arrangement doesn’t interfere with any other individual’s ability to live their life in any way they want to.

“Many supporters see the decision as a repudiation of bigotry and narrow-mindedness. But Libertarians also see it as a step towards a revision of the larger public policy issue surrounding marriage. Californians should start asking their elected officials why government is involved in granting marriage licenses at all.

“Adults should be allowed to arrange their personal, financial and legal affairs in any way that best suits their needs. Businesses make private contractual arrangements all the time. Arrangements in the name of marriage should be no different.”

Now the Libertarian Party's POTUSA Candidates (also via Third Party Watch):

Bob Barr | Mike Gravel | George Phillies |

1 comment:

Robert Enders said...

Perhaps the most important privilige that married people have is that they cannot be forced to testify against their spouses in court.

If the government does get out of the marriage business, it needs to be establish with whom one can have a priviliged conversation.