Monday, May 19, 2008

Bob Barr on Gay Marriage


How's this for an interesting and thought provoking response to the Califorina gay marriage ruling; apparently state's rights really means something to some Republicans.


BobBarr2008.com
For Immediate Release – May 15, 2008
To schedule an interview, contact Audrey Mullen at 703-548-1160

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Bob Barr, former Member of Congress from Georgia and current candidate for President for the Libertarian Party, today issued the following statement in reaction to today's decision by the California Supreme Court allowing for the recognition of same sex marriage in that state:

"Regardless of whether one supports or opposes same sex marriage, the decision to recognize such unions or not ought to be a power each state exercises on its own, rather than imposition of a one-size-fits-all mandate by the federal government (as would be required by a Federal Marriage Amendment which has been previously proposed and considered by the Congress). The decision today by the Supreme Court of California properly reflects this fundamental principle of federalism on which our nation was founded.

"Indeed, the primary reason for which I authored the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 was to ensure that each state remained free to determine for its citizens the basis on which marriage would be recognized within its borders, and not be forced to adopt a definition of marriage contrary to its views by another state. The decision in California is an illustration of how this principle of states' powers should work."

14 comments:

Phil Cardarella said...

Libertarian conservatives at least have a defensible philosophy -- eve if you don't agree with them on any given issue. I happen to think a better view is to default not to federalism but to individual rights on these issues.

But at least Barr doesn't try to justify repression by quoting Leviticus. (Best of my knowledge, Leviticus was not at the Constitutional Convention.)

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" (Best of my knowledge, Leviticus was not at the Constitutional Convention.)"

See Phil, you can be funny.

That was a good one.

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