Tuesday, May 01, 2012
GOP senate candidate (VA) backtracks from "libertarian" identity over gay marriage: bigoted "Amendment One" in NC
Richard Sincere, from Gays and Lesbians for Individual Liberty, has an article in Charlottesville Libertarian Examiner about a debate grilling done of GOP US senate candidate E. W. Jackson (to replace Jim Webb from Virginia) on his inconsistency. He had apparently been regarded as libertarian under asked to defend his opposition to gay marriage (that is, in relation to litigation against DOMA), when he backtracked and claimed that others don’t consider him libertarian. (Remember, how Charles Murray reminded everyone that he is a libertarian despite his “moral lectures” in his book “Coming Apart”.)
DOMA, signed by President Clinton in 1996, would not have prevented states from experimenting with marriage on their own, but would have precluded federal recognition of gay marriage.
The Examiner link is here, and leads to a podcast. Sincere’s own blog has a discussion of the Roanoke (VA) debate (and video) here.
The Examiner linked to a recent story in “Pink Paper” where Pope Benedict XVI “urges US bishops to defend marriage from gay people”, (wesbite url) here. He called the traditional family a “fundamental cell of every society”.
The New York Times, on April 30, carried an editorial, “Bigotry on the Ballot” (link) blasting the referendum in North Carolina to reinforce the law banning gay marriage with a constitutional amendment (called “Amendment One”) banning recognition of any kind of gay civil unions. The Times writes “Opponents of marriage equality have never been able to show that any harm is caused to heterosexual marriage by granting all American adults the right to marry as they choose – because there is no such evidence.” But defeating the amendment will be an uphill struggle.