Libertarians applaud DOMA demise

The Libertarian Party applauds the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today to strike the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law that discriminates against non-heterosexual marriages.

The Libertarian Party has supported marriage equality since its founding in 1971.

“The idea that people need permission from government in order to get married is inconsistent with the principles of secular government,” said J.J. Summerell, North Carolina Libertarian Party chair.

“Last time I checked, marriage was a sacrament.  The decision on who can or who cannot marry should be left to individuals and religious institutions.”

“This is a landmark victory for personal freedom,” said Geoffrey J. Neale, Libertarian National Committee chair.

“The Democrats and Republicans who have advanced, defended, and let stand government intrusion into the private contracts and choices of consenting adults will be remembered for their inhumanity on this issue.”

DOMA was pushed through by a GOP-led Congress and signed by a Democratic president.


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