In a delightful bit of political spin, we have decided to frame our silence during this very important week in LGBT history as a respectful "moment of silence" while a very serious issue is deliberated before the court. And it's just as well, the alternative and mainstream medias alike have been in an uproar of commentary and typically shallow debate.
One thing that makes this difficult as libertarians to address is the conflict between our egalitarian values, and how we emphasize keeping government OUT of private relationships in order to achieve this. The problem is not limited to the marriage debate, but particularly noticeable at times like these.
The statist parties have obviously done an incredibly good job of casting the issue as a one-sided, pro-state argument, posing as a "left vs. right" conflict over how much government is the right amount. Enter the libertarian with the so-called extremist, radical viewpoint and you have a recipe for dumbfounded looks of confusion.
While we may get an intellectual sort of thrill from the superiority of knowing that we "get it" ... there is such a greater joy that comes from helping others "get it" too. It was great to see the show of support with the icons on Facebook this week, but it was also frustrating to see that outside of liberty activist cirlces, there was no discussion of the proper role of government.
Amidst the confusion, Outright was able to isolate a few sources who commented succinctly thereupon. Cato At Liberty had an interesting take on the issue, as did Jose Conseco as reported on the DListed blog. If Outright had made a public statement, it may have looked a lot like this press release from the Libertarian Party of Virgina:
Chuck Moulton, LPVA chairman, exclaims "The Libertarian Party already demanded marriage equality in its platform 30 years ago - while the big debate in this country was over gay imprisonment! In contrast the Democratic Party only added a marriage equality plank in 2012."
As state chapters of Outright continue to organize, we look forward to seeing how local LGBT liberty activists are able to make our voices heard in the wake of what we hope to be a favorable decision by the Supreme Court. The gay liberation movement has come a long way; equal justice under law for marriage licenses is an idea whose time has come.
Adam Kokesh and Lt. Dan Choi conduct a mutual grilling on sexuality, masculinity, race, religion and the meaning of patriotism. Choi, the son of a Baptist minister, has some very complicated thoughts on Christianity.
Outright Libertarians are pleased to welcome Lieutenant Dan Choi as an honorary board member.
Lt. Choi’s open letter to Obama was instrumental in challenging the policy of “Dont Ask, Don’t Tell” after he was discharged from the New York National Guard in 2010 for coming out on the Rachel Maddow Show.
We have been proud supporters of Dan’s efforts to speak out for free speech and equality over the past few years, and are delighted to join together with him in working for liberty.
An oft-celebrated hero in LGBT political history, Harvey Milk may not necessarily be the best friend of the gay liberation movement. An article by the Bastiat Institute sheds some light on his influence in shifting the focus of activists from outrage against abuses by the state, to a more left-liberal statist view.
"His earliest political beliefs were those of a Goldwater Republican, but Milk the politician came out of a fairly typical progressive mold. While gay rights was his signature issue, he staked out a variety of left-liberal positions—pro-union, anti-corporation, pro–civil rights, anti–police brutality—that often put him at odds with the gay political establishment, which was relatively conservative at the time."
If you've ever wondered how the gay liberation movement got subverted by statist ideologues, this article is a must-read. And if you're concerned about the effects of statist policies and the use of our community's desire for liberation as a step-stool for the empowerment of a monstrosity of a war machine, look for a local chapter of Outright near you (or start one yourself).