(Editor's note: The following is a guest post by Mike Kole, the Libertarian candidate for Indiana Secretary of State. Mike writes about the Libertarian Party's views on sexual orientation and gender identity as well as his own candidacy. If you have any questions for Mike, leave a comment so he can respond.)
Thanks to Bil for his invitation to state the Libertarian position on all things related to the LGBT community.
I've always been astonished at the dogged clutching to the old parties. They rarely deliver for their constituencies. Have fiscal conservatives gotten the smaller government they might have expected from Republican majorities? Have Democrats been an unwavering voice for civil liberties?
What's more astonishing is that anymore, they rarely even pander to their core constituency. The latest troubling statements from Pat Bauer illustrate this point. Democrats are counting on the LGBT community to deliver their votes. But, in exchange for what? Not even for carrying the message? It's outrageous.
The outrageousness of the presumption of Democrats is magnified when you consider that there is a party on the ballot that speaks plainly in defense of the rights of the LGBT community- the Libertarian Party. Observe the plain language of the LP's platform:
I.9 Sexuality and Gender
The Issue: Politicians use popular fears and taboos to legally impose a particular code of moral and social values. Government regularly denies rights and privileges on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
The Principle: Consenting adults should be free to choose their own sexual practices and personal relationships. Government does not have legitimate authority to define or license personal relationships. Sexuality or gender should have no impact on the rights of individuals.
Solutions: Culture wars, social friction and prejudice will fade when marriage and other personal relationships are treated as private contracts, solely defined by the individuals involved, and government discrimination is not allowed.
Transitional Action: Repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act and state laws and amendments defining marriage. Oppose any new laws or Constitutional amendments defining terms for personal, private relationships. Repeal any state or federal law assigning special benefits to people based on marital status, family structure, sexual orientation or gender identification. Repeal any state or federal laws denying same-sex partners rights enjoyed by others, such as adoption of children and spousal immigration. End the Defense Department practice of discharging armed forces personnel for sexual orientation. Upgrade all less-than-honorable discharges previously assigned solely for such reasons to honorable status, and delete related information from military personnel files. Repeal all laws discriminating by gender, such as protective labor laws and marriage, divorce, and custody laws which deny the full rights of each individual.
We are very plain. Live your life your way. That's our essential Libertarian talking point.