Libertarian Party of North Carolina passes resolution opposing Amendment 1 unanimously

"Durham, NC – The Libertarian Party of North Carolina held its annual state convention March 23-25 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Durham. Delegates, several guests, and guest speakers attended...

The convention unanimously declared the LPNC’s opposition to the proposed constitutional amendment restricting marriage in a resolution that also opposes marriage licensing in any form and calls on betrothed couples to ignore licensing altogether."

It was a strongly worded opposition to the proposed constitutional amendment restricting marriage that also opposes marriage licensing and all discriminatory marriage laws. Amendment One and all gay marriage laws offer support of The Libertarian Party's insistence that allowing government intervention or regulation of the natural rights and liberties of its citizens will always increase and welcome government abuses and restrictions of those rights.

Text of resolution (emphasis mine):

LPNC in Support of Freedom, Equality and opposing Amendment One (2012)

Whereas, North Carolina's proposed Amendment One contrarily denies rights for a segment of the population; and

Whereas, North Carolina's proposed Amendment One discriminates against a minority of the population; and

Whereas, a free and proud people do not ask their State for permission to marry; and

Whereas, the great value of constitutions is the protection they provide for individual rights; and

Whereas, North Carolina's proposed Amendment One will put the state in conflict with the U. S. Constitution's prohibition against impairing the obligation of contracts for many couples married in other states; and

Whereas, North Carolina's proposed Amendment One advances no legitimate governmental interest; and

Whereas, North Carolina's proposed Amendment One is so vaguely worded that no one can predict the scope of its harm; and

Whereas, for many centuries, common law marriage provided the basis for governments to recognize family unions

Therefore the Libertarian Party of North Carolina forthrigthly declares it is

Resolved, that North Carolina's proposed Amendment One should be defeated at the polls; and

Resolved, that betrothed couples in North Carolina are encouraged to shun and disparage the licensure of the state; and

Resolved, that the laws of our state should be changed to recognize and honor the principle that couples are married when they declare that they are, no prior permission of the state being required.

Resolved in convention, unanimously, by the Libertarian Party of North Carolina, Durham, NC, March 25, 2012.


http://lpmeck.org/libertarian-party-of-north-carolina-passes-resolution-opposing-amendment-one/

Comments

libs

Now if they will just get off their asses and vote against it.

I know I've seen a couple of

I know I've seen a couple of Ron Paul supporters at the Ides of Love march earlier this month, and at the anti-amendment rally back in Sept of last year.

NC Libertarians, Wake Libertarians, and the Mecklenburg Libertarians have all come out against the amendment. And Gary Johnson, a Libertarian presidential candidate, has come out for marriage equality, against amendment 1 in NC specifically, and is using the public campaign financing option which is something I like too.

More than just words

"Now if they will just get off their asses and vote against it."

Don't worry about that. Not only are they pushing members to vote against it, they are actively working with Coalition to Protect NC Families. I think LPMeck is planning on helping with some phone banking in the next two weeks. If you have ever met an active libertarian you know how passionate they are about fighting government to prevent the stripping of liberties. I'm sure in many cases it is annoying when you disagree, but it is a good force to have on your side when you need it. :)