This was posted at LP Radicals
Mr. Barr –
My husband and I were delegates to Denver. I spoke to you, outside of the convention floor, where I asked you about the Patriot Act, and DOMA, and you said that you were misled about USAPatriot, and you apologized for DOMA. In your nominating speech, I know that I heard you apologize for DOMA.
After speaking to other people about your work on the LNC and with the ACLU, I felt that I had to give you the benefit of the doubt, and believe that you did have a change of heart.
When I heard (secondhand) that you had changed your position again on DOMA on the Tuesday after convention, I didn’t know what to think.
After reading your position papers yesterday, I believe that I do know what to think. I believe that I’ve been misled.
I am disappointed that I don’t have a principled candidate to vote for this cycle. I don’t find civil rights to be a “States’ rights” issue. I believe that the Constitution protects the civil rights of all people, regardless of race, creed, age, or yes, even sexual orientation. In several different ways, it is spelled out . . .
Article. IV. – The States
Section 1 – Each State to Honor all others
Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State. And the Congress may by general Laws prescribe the Manner in which such Acts, Records and Proceedings shall be proved, and the Effect thereof.
Six states have passed varying versions of marriage, civil union, and reciprocal beneficiary laws, which would mean that these contracts are recognized, by Article IV, Section 1, of the Constitution, in ALL states. Any gay couple that marries in Massachusetts, then moves to Washington still has a valid marriage.
Section 2 – State citizens
The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States.
The federal government has, for decades, given benefits (employee and federal tax exemptions) to married couples and to unmarried heterosexual couples; continuing to deny the same benefits to same sex couples constitutes discrimination.
Amendment 14 – Citizenship Rights.
1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
The Constitution of the United States repeats, over and over, that citizens are equal on varying bases. Those bases were each recognized individually, until the 14th Amendment encompassed all of us . . .
“nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
I am currently running the ballot access drive in Washington. I am committed to having the LP on our ballot. It’s a tough job this year, several of our activists who generally give the most of their Time, Treasure and Sacred Honor to the cause of Liberty are not active this year. They are hurt and disheartened. The LP, where thay have always felt that they were safe from this kind of discrimination, is no longer a safe place.
And I, in order to maintain my integrity, feel that I have to finish the ballot access drive, in order to get the Libertarian Party on our General Election ballot. I remain committed to this goal.
And then, in order to stay in integrity, I must vote for None of the Above.
I am, in Liberty and principle,
“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.”