Marriage Equality

At the federal level and in most of our states, lifelong homosexual partners are not allowed the same property and contractual rights as their heterosexual counterparts. As gay couples in these states aren't recognized as being married, it impacts their ability to obtain insurance, make health care decisions for each other in times of medical crisis, adopt children and inherit property.

Massachusetts and California are the only states in the country to treat gay people the same as everyone else. Hawaii, Maine, Vermont, Connecticut, New Jersey and the District of Columbia provide "Separate But Equal" policies in the form of civil unions or domestic partnerships. Most states don't honor same-sex marriages or civil unions granted in other states. In 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the last of the laws prohibiting racial intermarriage in the United States. While miscegenation laws have been overturned, homosexual partners are still denied the same basic rights.

The Libertarian Party is strongly committed to the repeal of state and federal laws and amendments defining marriage, assigning special rights to people based on sexual orientation or gender identification, and laws which deny same-sex partners the rights enjoyed by others, such as adoption of children and spousal immigration. Libertarians hope to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and adamantly oppose any proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

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