Gender and Sexual Minorities

The Libertarian Party of North Carolina (LPNC) supports the rights of adults to engage in any consensual personal relationship with any other adult.

Marriage

The Libertarian Party has supported marriage equality for same sex couples since its inception as a party. While we supported the Marriage Equality Act (MEA) as an improvement over previous legislation, our ultimate goal is to get government out of all aspects of marriage. Future changes to the laws should treat same sex couples equally, and apply to any other voluntary arrangements such as polyamory. As a party we do support freedom of association and religious freedom. We support those rights within private organizations and the individuals have the right to turn away anyone who contradicts their personal beliefs. However those in public government offices, such as magistrates, are put in a job to uphold the current law and private contracts, and they must do so.

Gender Identity

The Libertarian Party believes that the government has no business being involved in gender identity or forcing an individual into an assigned gender. Individuals should be able to make their own life choices. Therefore the individuals should be able to make their own transition choices and choose their way of treatment. Libertarians did not support House Bill 2, commonly known as the bathroom bill, as we felt it was an unnecessary and counterproductive law that created controversy where none existed, unfairly put transgender individuals in situations and what-if scenarios, and damaged the image of North Carolina in other states. While House Bill 2 has been repealed, LPNC is vigilant in anticipation of its possible return in another form.

Public Service

No individual should be denied consideration for employment or voluntary service in any government agency, so long as they are qualified to do the work required by such service. Government service is voluntary except for the military draft, which libertarians do oppose. Individuals should be considered for the skill sets they have or their aptitude, not their gender or gender identity.


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