Gay Marriage

From LP-Ga, on ‘Sexual Rights and The State’:

We hold that individual rights should not be denied or abridged on the basis of sex or sexual preference. We call for repeal of all laws discriminating against women, such as protective labor laws. We oppose all laws likely to impose restrictions on free choice and private property or to widen tyranny through reverse discrimination. We affirm the right of adults to private choice in consensual sexual activity.

Government must neither dictate, prohibit, control, nor encourage any private lifestyle, living arrangement or contractual relationship. We therefore call for repeal of all legislation and state policies intended to condemn, affirm, encourage or discourage sexual lifestyles or any set of attitudes about such lifestyles.

and the LP-National position on ‘Personal Relationships’:

Sexual orientation, preference, gender, or gender identity should have no impact on the rights of individuals by government, such as in current marriage, child custody, adoption, immigration or military service laws. Consenting adults should be free to choose their own sexual practices and personal relationships. Government does not have the authority to define, license or restrict personal relationships.

My comments:

The LP-National position is more explicit in that government doesn’t have the authority to regulate adult relationships, period, and this is the school of thought I subscribe to on the issue.

As I’ve told Doug in our own conversations before, the issue to me is not civil unions or marriage for homosexual couples. The issue to me is why the Hades is government involved in relationships to begin with? Marriage should be left to the individuals in question and the religion of their choice. Government should offer no restrictions on any consensual relationship, nor should government offer any benefits to particular types of relationships and not others.

Personally, I have the marriage license from the Probate Court, same as any of us who are married. But that isn’t the authority my marriage is based on. My marriage is based on our relationship with God, and the State (government in general) cannot control that and has no business trying to.

Personally, I cringe every time I hear a homosexual couple using the term ‘married’, but I know of some religions and even some Christian denominations who are willing to perform such ceremonies, and if such a ceremony has in fact been performed, then they are in fact married according to their religious beliefs, and the use of the term is perfectly valid whether I like it or not. Again, I would rather they have the freedom to do something I personally find distasteful rather than any of us live with government making decisions for us.