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Virginia Newspaper Covers Libertarian Candidate’s First Web Ad

Libertarian candidate for Gov. releases first web ad calling for same-sex marriage in Virginia

By Todd Allen Wilson

June 27, 2013

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Robert Sarvis, Libertarian candidate for governor, entered the fray this week by releasing a new video calling for same-sex marriage in the commonwealth.

Sarvis, of Annandale, released the video in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court‘s ruling that portions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) are unconstitutional.

In the video Sarvis, 36, relates the fight for same-sexc marriage to the 1967 Loving case which out of Virginia. In that case the Supreme Court ruled that bans on interracial marriage were unconstitutional.

Sarvis, who is white and married to a black woman, compares it to his own life.

“If it weren’t for the courage of the Lovings, I might not have been able to marry the woman I love,” Sarvis says in the web ad. “But today Virginia still isn’t for all lovers. That’s why I want to honor the Loving legacy, and lead the fight now in this election to recognize same-sex marriage in Virginia.”

In 2007 Virginian voters approved an amendment to the state’s constitution banning same-sex marriage.

In his press release on the ad Sarvis goes after his major party oopponents- Terry McAuliffe, Democratic candidate for governor, and Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican candidate.

Sarvis noted that Cuccinelli is opposed to same-sex marriage; and that while McAuliffe has said he supports the practice he recently said same-sex marriage would not be a priority if he is elected.

“Ken Cuccinelli talks a lot about ‘personal freedom,’ but he has no problem with using government to impede social changes and to meddle in the most personal of decisions: deciding whom to marry,” Sarvis said.

“And while Terry McAuliffe launched a fundraising email blast to same-sex marriage supporters right after the ruling, he admitted to a NoVa tech audience last week that ‘it’s not an issue that I’m going to spend my time focusing on.’ ”

Sarvis hold degrees in mathematics from Harvard University and the University of Cambridge; a law degree from the the New York University School of Law, and a master’s degree in economics from George Mason University.

In addition to looking to bring same-sex marriage to the commonwealth, Sarvis wants to legalize marijuana and decriminalize other drugs.

He also supports reforming the tax system, getting rid of many tax deductions and credits for particular interest groups, industries, and activities. He also proposes ending the car tax and eventually the income tax. Additional he wants to the repeal the comprehensive Transportation funding bill passed lat session that raises the sales tax and converts the at the pump gas tax for a wholesale tax.

Sarvis also supports “universal school choice,” which would include voucher programs; expanding charter schools; and offer a “parent trigger.”

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  1. Lavvra Lavvra June 28, 2013

    The democrat said in the last few days that he did not think it was worth it to expend political capital on marriage equality in Va.

  2. George Phillies George Phillies June 28, 2013

    For his state it is a sensible campaign stand that points in the right direction. Assuredly the Republican will disagree; I would have to research the Democrat.

  3. DSZ DSZ June 28, 2013

    It’s somewhat perplexing that a Libertarian candidate would call on government to recognize same sex marriage…or any marriage, for that matter. Does this mean the candidate is politically opposed to other types of marriage (polygamy etc.)? Privatize private lives.

    Granted, at a subnational level it’s rather hard to completely disentangle marriage from the state.

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