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Pizza Bigots Are People Too, But So What?

permitWe've taken some criticism from people who take the Indiana RFRA at face value, assuming that because it claims to stand for religious freedom, anybody who opposes it is in favor of the enslavement of bakers and florists. This could not be farther from the truth - it is possible to oppose both bigotry, and bad law, and still be libertarian. In fact, we feel it is a moral imperative to do so!!

Bigotry is not "speech". Its source is the heart and mind, not the voice. If we feel that liberty is worth our efforts to persuade and enlighten, why not issues of social stigma as well? It's irrational to leap from freedom of association to a pro-bigotry stance. They represent two very different organizing principles.

The market is proving its power to solve a problem the state created in Indiana. We should be pointing to that and saying "We told you so", not taking the wrong side and shilling for bigots. Unfortunately, many of our allies in the libertarian movement bring with them a vulnerability to deceptive right-wing rhetoric. This attempt to cloak an establishment of religion in "freedom" is one of those times.

Marriage Equality Or Marriage Privatization – Why Not Both?

There seems to be a lot of confusion among libertarians on how to handle the issue of marriage equality from a uniquely libertarian standpoint. Some suggest that the struggle to remove government from our personal lives requires more than equal marriage rights for same sex couples – I agree with them.  Others adopt the all-or-nothing approach of opposing marriage equality now in favor of abolishing state marriage altogether – I disagree with these people.

Fortunately, the Libertarian Party’s platform makes its position clear:

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

Let’s cut to the chase: The messages in italics are NOT in conflict with one another; it is true that government has no business in marriage to begin with, but the reality is that government IS involved currently, issuing benefits that are still denied for the sole reason of choosing to marry a person of the same sex. Rather than solely focusing on our long-term goal of removing government from marriage, Libertarians should applaud the striking of gay marriage bans as a step toward that goal. Sate-endorsed discrimination is government overreach at its worst. Ensuring marriage equality would deregulate that overreach.

Does the push for marriage equality make the idea of abolishing state marriage meaningless? Absolutely not. My hope is that The United States will return to a common law marriage system in which individuals would not be required to “ask permission” via license in order to establish a new legal next of kin. However, this must be done tactfully.

Recently, Rep. Todd Russ (R) of Oklahoma received much praise from libertarians after he introduced a bill with the intent of getting county court clerks out of the duty to officiate marriage ceremonies. He admits this was a response to a federal court striking down Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage and the fear that the Supreme Court would uphold that ruling later this summer. The problem with his solution is that it would not allow same-sex marriage recognition given Oklahoma’s state constitutional amendment banning such unions.

Libertarians who want the “state out of marriage" come in a number of flavors, some genuinely want to liberate all types of families from the clutches of the state, but quite a few more are just masking their discomfort with equality in that rhetoric. We should not confuse the reactionary tactics of those who fear equality under the law with those that strive for progressive libertarian solutions.

So next time a self-proclaimed libertarian refuses to accept the incremental approach of supporting marriage equality before abolishing state marriage altogether, remember this…




A History Lesson for Conservatives: What These People Have in Common

c-b-pI want to point out the historical point addressed by this meme: an ideological critique to the notion of inherited power in what is supposed to be a merit-based individualist society. Having power pass from father to son was the legacy of aristocracy and monarchy … It’s impossible to be a Constitutional conservative and want to be ruled by an aristocracy.

The error in reasoning which leads people to believe that Rand must surely be like his father, is the same one which led humans to submit to hereditary transfers of power for thousands of years, and which leads people to believe that entire families of evil human beings named “Clinton” or “Bush” must be great ideas for President!! Confronting that core idea is totally fair game for libertarian activism within the context of a constitutional republic which our founders absolutely never meant to become anything like what they fought to overcome.

The fact that this escaped nearly everybody who saw the meme is just proof of how far we’ve strayed from one of the most important concepts that fueled the revolution that led to our founding. Go read the Federalist/Anti-Federalist documents if you aren’t aware of what a huge thing that was to both sides of the question – all were agreed that aristocracies were to be avoided no matter what; that power should no longer be passed as inheritance, but that it must be earned by merit.

I believe it is very clear, Rand has not earned by merit the loyalty he claims through his father, and a dialogue about that is useful not only against Rand, but against the Clintons and Bushes as well. The thing they have in common was really important to our founders … It should be important to us, too.

Libertarians Working for You

Our Chair appeared on the Libertarian Party's official podcast today. Listen in to the second half hour and hear about Outright's "cutting edge activism", our Spirit of '69 fundraising effort, and local efforts in Arizona to decriminalize homelessness and relegalize all drugs.

Get the State OUT of Marriage?

10325632 10152058626341596 2745686507946483753 nThe whole "get government out of marriage" thing is a bit overblown. The government in fact does have a role in enforcing private contract. So it will continue to be called into disputes which question whether a particular relationship meets the state definition.

For example, you contract with an insurance company whose partner benefits are linked to the existence of a marriage agreement. Let's say you and your same-sex male polyamorous lovers are bound by a three-way contractual union. And then let's say your insurance decides it does not want to split the payout between your two surviving spouses, because Leviticus says wives not husbands.

The court will be asked to determine and set precedent as to whether that contract meets the standard and must be upheld ... those precedents will become a new version of the same old reflection of social norms: some relationships will meet the standard, and some won't, and this is true whether we have a state monopoly on justice or whether we have a polycentric system of NGO providers.

That catchphrase slogan makes good red meat for the libertarian base, but it's kind of meaningless in practice. We can abolish marriage licenses, but the state - or its equivalent - will never be out of marriage.

Thank You Ron Paul, Now Step Aside So We Can Support Individual Liberty For ALL.

This past weekend, I attended the 8th annual International Students For Liberty Conference in Washington, DC. I have always felt that Students For Liberty does a great job positioning itself at the ideological center of the libertarian/classical liberal movement. They have routinely featured left-libertarian, conservative-libertarian, as well as anarchist writers and speakers in their materials and speaking engagements. The big-tent approach has obviously worked well for SFL, as they have reached the status as the world’s leading libertarian student organization in only eight years. However, bitter disagreement was still prevalent amongst members of the conference, none more exemplified than by one particular controversy involving former Congressman, Dr. Ron Paul. 


During the Saturday evening panel and question-and-answer period featuring Ron Paul, Judge Andrew Napolitano, and Nick Gillespie, A young lady asked Paul about his infamous newsletters from the 1980s, which featured blatantly racist and homophobic statements written under his name. The audience reacted with a mix of boos and cheers. In some ways, the question was essentially beating a long dead horse; Anyone who has been involved in libertarian activism at some point during the past decade has likely heard of these newsletters and known of Paul’s current position on them. Setting aside the particulars of decency in confronting Paul about his newsletters, the truth is that they still to this day represent an awful blight on the face of our cause for individual rights and equality under the law.

Neither of the Pauls are particularly friends of the LGBT community. Both routinely use the doctrine of “state's rights” as a shield to deflect tough questions instead of standing up proudly for liberty for ALL. This matters to the Outright Watchdog committee, particularly because Ron Paul’s legacy is still very influential within The Libertarian Party, among paleo-libertarians and “Constitutional Conservatives” alike. This is not to say that Ron Paul’s legacy has done nothing at all except set our movement backwards. For many millennial libertarians, including myself, Ron Paul’s presidential campaigns were our introduction to the movement. But with the libertarian renaissance in full swing, it might be time for a new face of libertarianism, if one at all.

As Outright Libertarians, we know that the true vision of a free society is one that is clearly in conflict with racism, homophobia, anti-Semitism, and xenophobia. Whether you are a left-libertarian, right-libertarian, or anarchist, we can all agree with that statement.

World's Gayest Political Quiz

wgpqYou may be familiar with the traditional libertarian outreach tool, the World's Smallest Political Quiz. Well we've got something even more fabulous!! Introducing the World's GAYEST Political Quiz - coming soon to a Pride near you!!

Answer: Agree / Maybe / Disagree

Personal Issues

- LGBT migrants from countries where they are persecuted should be given asylum in America.
- Intersex infants should be allowed to assign their own gender when they’re older.
- Binary gender tracking by legal enforcement should be abolished.
- Responsible adults, regardless of family structure, should be able to adopt children.
- Targets of hate violence should not be prosecuted for acting in self-defense.

Economic Issues
- HIV patients should be free to purchase any treatment they choose, including marijuana or experimental treatments.
- Gay men should be allowed to donate blood.
- LGBT businesses should not face zoning laws that prevent them from operating.
- Sex worker transactions between consenting adults should be legalized.
- Marriage contracts between any consenting adults should be legally recognized and enforced.
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Score: Agree = 100 / Maybe = 50 / Disagree = 0
Average for each axis and see accompanying chart.

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