Emailed by George Phillies:
As passed without opposition by our state committee:
WHEREAS individuals have a natural right to associate with whomsoever they choose;
WHEREAS this right is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and by the sacred institution of marriage;
WHEREAS the definition of marriage continues to be made, regulated, and enforced by government;
WHEREAS all people are equal before under the law of that government, including members of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, Polyamorous, Queer, and Leather communities;
WHEREAS reserving legal marriage exclusively for heterosexual couples makes other adult relationships unequal by denying them the same benefits of legal marriage that other families enjoy;
WHEREAS gay couples’ freedom to marry harms no-one, while declaring any kind of person unequal potentially harms everyone, because history shows that once governments abandon equality with public approval, they tend to broaden the less preferred category, so people who thought they were safe do not remain safe;
WHEREAS the courts and voters of our Commonwealth of Massachusetts have shown historical leadership in the support of Gay Marriage; and
WHEREAS we owe a solemn duty to all citizens of the United States to continue that leadership, and to refuse to remain silent in the face of intolerance and bigotry;
THEREFORE be it RESOLVED, that the Libertarian Party of Massachusetts deplores the passage in California of Proposition 8, which prohibits Gay Marriage, and urges the People of California to reinstate the right of gay couples to marry.
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