Saturday, October 02, 2010

Libertarians on DADT

This happened a few days back, but it's important to point out -- from the Wall Street Journal:

The Libertarian Party is making a bid for gay voters after a bid to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ failed in the Senate this week, telling them that “like abused spouses who keep returning to their aggressors” they need to stop “handing their votes to the Democrats who abuse them.”

Libertarian Party Chairman Mark Hinkle issued a statement Thursday pointing to the continued ban on gays serving openly in the military and a federal law that lets states not recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere.

“President Obama and the Democrats had almost a year of complete control of the federal government,” Hinkle said. “They could have repealed ‘don’t ask don’t tell.’ They could have gotten rid of the Defense of Marriage Act. But they didn’t do either.” He added that “the Libertarian Party wants to break this self-destructive behavior” by gay voters who continue to support the Democrats.

Michael Mitchell, executive director of the National Stonewall Democrats, which represents gay Democrats, said the Obama administration had done “more for the LGBT community than any other administration in our nation’s history – combined.”

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said in a statement on Thursday that Obama was “disappointed” by the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” vote and that he would continue to work with Senate leaders to repeal the policy.

No comments: