Is This Where Libertarians and the Gay Community Part Ways?

A celebration *and* an opportunity for some non-profit brand Scott Shackford of

Just one day before the Supreme Court ruled that states must recognize same-sex marriages, Cato Institute’s Executive Vice President David Boaz took to the website for gay publication theAdvocate to inform readers about libertarians’ and the Libertarian Party’s lengthy historical support for gay rights. Libertarian Party support for ending the criminalization of gay behavior and for treating gay people equally under the law goes all the back to its first platform back in the 1970s.

In the 40-some-odd years since the Libertarian Party took such positions, we’ve seen the end of sodomy laws, the end of officially sanctioned government discrimination against gay employees, both civilian and military—and with Obergefell v. Hodges, the end of government bans on same-sex marriage recognition. We’ve seen the end of just about every government policy that treats gay and lesbian citizenry as somehow less than the heterosexual citizenry.

So: Is that it, then? Have supporters won, after all this time? Should we move on to other issues of liberty?

Some gay activists are warning that no, there is still work to be done. There are other issues of concern that affect the gay, lesbian, and transgender community. Top gay activist Michelangelo Signorile, predicting the gay marriage ruling and the subsequent celebrating, wrote a book-sized warning, titled ‘It’s Not Over: Getting Beyond Tolerance, Defeating Homophobia, and Winning True Equality‘. Even before the ruling, “What comes next?” analyses started popping up in the media…

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