Cons and Progs Abuse Libertarian Ideas After the Gay Marriage Ruling

And each other!


The libertarian idea that the government should stay out of the bedroom and boardroom has played a crucial role in

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producing gay marriage equality in America. When liberals were referring to gay people as "queer," the Libertarian Party was demanding gay equality.

But in the wake of the Supreme Court's ruling this month, both conservatives and progressives are hijacking libertarian solutions to beat each other up, I point out in my column at The Week.

Progressives want to scrap tax exemptions for religious nonprofits and states like Mississippi and Texas – egged on by Rand Paul – want to stop issuing marriage licenses altogether.

These are good means, but terrible ends that libertarians should resent and resist.

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