The national Libertarian Party is out with a release this week comparing gay voters who back Democrats to “abused spouses who keep returning to their aggressors,” and stating that unlike the Democratic Party (or the G.O.P, for that matter) “The Libertarian Party believes that gays and lesbian deserve equal treatment under the law.”
“President Obama and the Democrats had almost a year of complete control of the federal government: the Presidency, the House, and a filibuster-proof 60 votes in the Senate,” says Libertarian Party chairman Mark Hinkle. “They could have repealed ‘don’t ask don’t tell.’ They could have gotten rid of the Defense of Marriage Act. But they didn’t do either of those things. That’s a complete and total betrayal of all the promises they made to gay and lesbian voters for years.”
Here in New York, LGBT voters took a different tact after Democrats took control of the Senate and the governor’s mansion but failed to pass a same-sex marriage bill that had passed the Assembly. Instead of swapping parties, energized LGBT voters have been trying to swap Democrats, with groups like Fight Back NY targeting anti-marriage equality state Senators like Ruben Diaz, Pedro Espada and Bill Stachowski. Espada and Stachowski went down to defeat in the primaries.
The release includes the relevant passage from the national Libertarian Party’s platform:
1.3 Personal Relationships
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.”
Warren Redlich, the Libertarian candidate for governor, does not mention gay rights on his website. The national party notes that they have fielded 21 candidates for the U.S. Senate and 170 for the U.S. House for the November. There are 16 Libertarians running in New York, everything from both U.S. Senate seats all the way down to a handful of Assembly seats.