Skip to comments.Indiana’s Libertarian Moment
Posted on 04/08/2015 1:48:14 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
The reigning assumption, of course, is that the law Gov. Mike Pence signed and then gutted after the media unleashed its fury is now exacerbating the rift between business- and libertarian-inclined Republicans who favor same-sex marriage and the social conservatives who oppose it.
But is it?
The reality suggests the opposite. Today the strongest arguments for protecting the right of, say, an evangelical Christian baker to decline baking a cake for a gay wedding are not coming from religious leaders or social conservatives. They are coming from libertarians, many if not most of whom themselves support same-sex marriage.
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Good article from a Libertarian perspective. If gays want to call their relationships “marriage” and have a big party, that’s their business. But they are violating the free association rights of others by using some favorable judicial rulings to harass devout Christian small business owners.
The longer this goes on, the more I think the nation is dead. Is this really what we’re reduced to?
McGurn’s a traditionalist and a Catholic who has been very critical of libertarians in the past. While I’m sure he welcomes their defense of religious liberties, I’m also sure it must pain him that more religious leaders, especially Catholics, haven’t been equally outspoken in defense of the original Indiana law.
It is a shame that so few conservative leaders are willing to step up and point out that the Christian business owners are being harassed, that the lavender mafia is taking advantage of the situation in hopes of some quick money and a chance to kick Christians.
That is a bit of a generalization. Many libertarians are against the idea of government being involved in issues such as marriage at all. For exactly the reasons we are seeing now.
The more areas of life government pushes itself into, the more freedoms ordinary citizens lose. Expanding the class of people who can participate in some government controlled process does not expand freedom, but as bakers, pizza shop owners and others have learned, it takes away from their freedom.
Many libertarians support the right of people to do what they want with other consenting adults, so they would be opposed to laws forbidding a same sex couple from, for example, living together. But that isn't the same as "supporting" the re-definition of a cultural tradition to achieve some political goals.
Civil marriage has been the bedrock of civilization for thousands of years. Libertarians want it abolished, they agree with the radical left on this.