Animal’s Daily News

Dual-BearsI found this interesting, as it mirrors some of my own attitudes on a couple of thorny social issues.   Libertarians, Gay Marriage, and Freedom of Association: A Primer.  Excerpt:

How can a libertarian support gay marriage but also the right of businesses to decline to provide goods and services such as cakes, wedding dresses, and photographers for gay weddings? For many libertarians, it makes perfect logical, philosophical, and legal sense.

But from the outside perspective, it often does not. As a result, critics looking for an opportunity to throw shade on the increased media and public interest in libertarian ideas can focus on just a piece of this mentality. We saw the Village Voice do just that recently, as media critic Roy Edroso incorrectly declared that we here are “more likely” to defend the rights of private individuals and businesses who want to discriminate against gays than the rights of gay couples to demand marriage recognition from the government.

I’ve made my stance on social issues abundantly clear:  I really don’t give a damn what people do, as long as they leave me alone.  I expect the converse in return.

My sexual preferences.
My sexual preferences.

I’ve likewise made my stance on gay marriage (or any kind of marriage) abundantly clear:  I don’t give a damn who people marry, as long as all parties involved are freely consenting, competent adults.  Their actions don’t affect my marriage any.

I don’t understand why a man would want to marry another man, or even how a man could find another man sexually appealing – but I don’t have to.  I don’t understand why people like watching sports on television, either, but it doesn’t affect me if they do.

But liberty is about more than just marriage.  Freedom of association also means freedom of disassociation, even if you (or anyone else) disapproves of a business owner’s reasons.  A baker, yes, should be free to refuse to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.  If we can use the force of government – men with guns – to force a baker to make a cake for a gay couple, where does such coercing end?

Liberty is not situational.  Liberty is a principle.  Sadly, it’s one we’re losing.