Examiner.com: Libertarian presidential candidates weigh in on Kim Davis controversy

kim-davisFrom Examiner.com:

Today, September 14, 2015, we heard from several of the Libertarian candidates seeking the Libertarian Party‘s 2016 presidential nomination on the controversy surrounding Democrat Kim Davis. Davis returned to work this morning as Clerk of the Rowan County, Kentucky, an elective constitutional office, which as part of her service, is to issue marriage licenses from Kentuckians wishing to ask the government’s permission to marry. Last month, Davis lost an attempt to skirt the Supreme Courts decision that same-sex marriage is legal throughout the United States. When faced with two men wishing the government’s permission to marry, she refused and earlier this month spent five days in jail on a contempt of court charge for refusing to do so. Since then she has arranged for others in her office to issue the marriage licenses.

We thought it an interesting issue enough to have the Libertarian presidential candidates weigh in on their thoughts concerning the matter. Here are their answers to the controversy from those Libertarian candidates who responded in time for submitting this report.

Dr. Marc Feldman stated this morning, “I am a believer in the empowerment of the individual. I think decisions of conscience can only be made by the individual. To force our beliefs on others, whether through millions of special interest dollars or millions of government guns, is wrong. The best way is to be firm in our beliefs and to set an example. It was not wrong for Kim Davis to go to jail. Jail is the best place to demonstrate commitment to principle. Principled demonstrators are not looking for reasonable accommodations. In 1846, Henry David Thoreau went to jail for refusing to pay a poll tax. It is said that he was visited by Ralph Waldo Emerson. ‘Henry, what are you doing in there?’ ‘The question, Waldo, is what are you doing out there”.’Martin Luther King would not have been such an inspiration if he wrote ‘Letter from a Birmingham Bed and Breakfast’.”

Read entire Examiner.com article here including comments by Steve Kerbel, Darryl Perry, Mike Wiley, and Gary Johnson.

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12 thoughts on “Examiner.com: Libertarian presidential candidates weigh in on Kim Davis controversy

  1. Dave Terry

    Ms Harlos; I think that THIS string duplicates the earlier string: “Gary Johnson: Ms Davis is No Hero!

  2. Humongous Fungus

    It mentions other candidates seeking the LP nomination and their views, not only Johnson.

  3. Caryn Ann Harlos

    Eek Dave please don’t call me Ms. Harlos! It’s Caryn …. (Ms. Jackson if you’re nasty ….. Gratuitous obscure song reference)

    This article mentions more candidates to compare with Johnson… Who hasn’t even declared. I want to see the opinions of declared candidates and figured others might too so decided to post it.

  4. paulie

    No candidates mentioned how government shouldn’t even be involved in marriage licensing. Just pointing that out.

    Daryl Perry and Steve Kerbel both did.

  5. Andy

    “Marc Allan Feldman

    September 16, 2015 at 10:30 am

    ‘You shouldn’t need a clerk to get married, just a caterer.’
    Dr. Marc Allan Feldman, Libertarian for President
    September 2, 2015”

    Good quote.

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