If you don’t support same-sex marriage, chances are that you’ll point to one (or both) of these reasons: you object on religious grounds, or you’re repulsed by homosexual behavior. I think of myself as a Libertarian, and as such, whether or not I’m repulsed by what another person does shouldn’t affect whether they’re allowed to do it (as long as they’re not harming another person). What about religious grounds? I actually think there’s more basis for rejecting legalized same-sex marriage here. Though I know very little about the history of matrimony, I tend to think that it’s a religion-based ceremony. (I may be wrong…) If the analogy holds, should churches be required to baptize people that don’t meet the churches’ pre-ordained requirements? (No.)
Anyway, same-sex marriage is an important issue in the upcoming election.
What does Hillary say?
“LGBT people should be protected from discrimination under the law—period.” (source)
That’s pretty clear. She’s also said that “gay rights and human rights…are one and the same.”
Judging from these quotes alone, if you support gay marriage, Hillary would be a fine choice. However, a word of warning—she hasn’t always been so positive about LGBQT rights.
What does Trump say?
“I believe it should be states’ rights and the state should make the decision. They’re more capable of making the decision.” (source)
According to another source, Trump also said outright, “I’m opposed to gay marriage.”
With Trump, you never can tell. Though these statements don’t necessarily conflict—it could be that Trump is personally opposed to gay marriage but believes that individual states should settle the issue instead of federal government.
What does Jill say?
“We should all stand in solidarity, love and support with members of the LGBTQ community.” (source)
Jill’s website also includes the phrase, “protect LGBTQIA+ people from discrimination” as part of her “Power to the People Plan.”
This is also pretty clear. Jill seems to be in support of marriage equality for all.
What does Gary say?
“…there should be gay marriage equality.” (source)
Gary’s website also says that “Gary Johnson embraced marriage equality before many current Democratic leaders joined the parade.” (Funny, since in he used to be Republican.)
As the Libertarian candidate, you’d hope that Gary supports freedom whenever he can. When it comes to same-sex marriage, Gary’s for freedom… though this may mean freedom of choice for couples instead of freedom of choice for clergy.
What You Need to Know
Three of the candidates stand together in favor of marriage equality, while one outlier (who else but Trump) isn’t sure what he thinks.
When it comes to marriage equality though, there’s a battle being waged between the freedom of two different camps—the freedom of couples to be married, and the freedom of clergy to discriminate on religious grounds. Should one freedom be protected over the other by the federal government of the US?
You decide, voter.