Joining the podcast today is Bradley Polumbo, a student at U of Massachusetts and a Young Voices Advocate. He wrote about the conundrum of this case inSpiked and came on to talk through the implications of the courts soon to be handed down ruling.
Young Voices Advocate Randal Meyer was interviewed by Global Voice Hall about the “Religious Liberties” bill recently passed by Georgia’s state legislature.
“It protects religious organizations and religious ministers from being compelled to perform ceremonies that would be objectionable to their particular denomination of faith,”
Randal Meyer, told GVH Live.
“There wasn’t a right to marriage in the old constitutional order of the United States, but once the fourteenth amendment was passed, the rule became if the state grants a right, it has to grant it equally to all persons within the state. The same issue now comes forward with gay marriage.”
You can watch Randal’s interview below, and read the full story at Global Voice Hall.
In 1972, the Libertarian Party endorsed gay rights in its very first platform. Four years later, they published a pamphlet by Ralph Raico making the case for the unique libertarian commitment to a free society that is tolerant of all the sorts of ways people find meaning:
On all these issues — and on many others — the Libertarian Party has adopted positions designed to move us toward a substantially freer society than the one we now have. And in our commitment to a world where gay people will have the same opportunity for meaning and dignity in their lives as all human beings, no other political party can touch us.
Libertarians have long maintained that public institutions ought to be applied to everyone equally and not discriminate based on gender, race, or sexual orientation, regardless of what minorities’ rights are being trampled on. As philosopher and libertarian Robert Nozick said, “Individuals have rights and there are things no person or group may do to them (without violating their rights).” Even if the majority of people and the government that happens to be in power doesn’t recognize or respect those rights, human beings are inherently deserving of the ability to live their lives on their own terms as long as they don’t prevent others from doing the same.