GSM People of Faith Exist, and We Have a Chance to Reach Them
As reported by the Washington Times,”ChristianMingle loses lawsuit, must now include gay singles“:
ChristianMingle.com, an online dating service for Christian singles, must start allowing people to seek out same-sex relationships under a judge-approved settlement. […] Two gay men filed class-actions claims against the site’s owner, California-based Spark Networks Inc., claiming that the site’s limited options violated California’s anti-discrimination law[.]
Being shut out of Christian and other spaces centered on spirituality really does impact quality of life for GSM people of faith. But having the state force them to associate is probably rather traumatizing news for staff and users of ChristianMingle.com and that’s not OK. Religious beliefs whether I find them misguided or not are sincerely held and deeply personal for people.
Pushing back against discrimination isn’t about “feelz” it’s about actually experiencing the empowerment which comes with navigating the market freely. Libertarians recognize actions which interfere with the individual right to trade freely to be grave injustices. When rigid social ideas box people away from each other, we should speak out. But it has to be voluntary.
I think libertarians tend to view GSM people who turn to the courts as violent thugs through our own framework of political theory and that is true in the sense that we know enforcement guns wind up pointing at one or the other. But mainstream people don’t understand the state that way, so judging their motives by our standards comes between us and a chance to educate.
In the past three years, Outright Libertarians social media reach has grown by a factor of nearly 20, and a number of other successful outreaches at the intersection of GSM issues and libertarianism have grown up among us. We are making progress toward a world set free in our lifetimes. When we fall into blame and animosity, we risk losing that momentum.
Here is a video that was a huge eye opener for me in the beginning of my libertarian awakening. I encourage people to approach issues of non-discrimination from a place of patience and genuine desire to share the joy of enlightenment. Voluntary solutions really are the best way forward to a peaceful and prosperous society. Ten years ago I didn’t understand these things either … Today I and many others like me do too.