Declared 2016 Libertarian Presidential Candidate



Former Governor of New Mexico

Gary Earl Johnson
Born: January 1st, 1953  (age 64)

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      Gay Marriage
      LGBT-Based Discrimination
      LGBT Poverty
 


Gary Johnson on LGBT Issues

GARY JOHNSON: I happen to agree with half of everything that Rand Paul has to say, but when it comes to those social issues, that’s where we part ways.

DAVE RUBIN: Right, so he’s sort of, he just won’t absolutely say that he’s for gay marriage or…

JOHNSON: He’ll say let the states decide that, but personally, he would say that no. He’s opposed to these issues. Well personally I’m not opposed to allowing a person to make these choices, believing in my heart of hearts, that these are decisions that only the person involved should be making.

15 February, 2016: Gary Johnson speaking on The Rubin Report



STEPHANIE CONDON: I know that you’re in favor of gay rights. Do you think this is an inevitability for the Republican Party to take that stance or do you think there’ll be more friction?

GARY JOHNSON: Well, it’s freedom, it’s liberty, and it’s the – how many times have you heard Republicans talk about ‘I believe in freedom’, ‘I believe in liberty’, and ‘I believe in the personal responsibility’ that goes along with that? Well, in my estimations, that is what we should be believing in and espousing.

11 February, 2011: Johnson speaking to CBS News’ Stephanie Condon at the 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference



“Rick Santorum’s position is unconstitutional. The Constitution requires that all citizens be treated equally and makes no reference to gender in assuring those equal rights […] By any fair measure, equal access to marriage for all Americans is a right - guaranteed by the Constitution. Senator Santorum’s claim that legally recognizing gay marriage would be no different than legalizing polygamy, child molestation or bestiality is repugnant and insulting to millions of gay Americans.”

January 9, 2012: Press Release: Gov. Gary Johnson Assails Santorum and Obama on Gay Marriage



“I support gay unions. I think the government ought to get out of the marriage business.”

22 April, 2011: Johnson on ABC News’ Top Line



As a believer in individual freedom and keeping government out of personal lives, I simply cannot find a legitimate justification for federal laws, such as the Defense of Marriage Act, which ‘define’ marriage. That definition should be left to religions and individuals – not government. Government’s role when it comes to marriage is one of granting benefits and rights to couples who choose to enter into a marriage ‘contract’. As I have examined this issue, consulted with folks on all sides, and viewed it through the lens of individual freedom and equal rights, it has become clear to me that denying those rights and benefits to gay couples is discrimination, plain and simple.

Certainly, religions and people of various faiths have the right to view marriage as they wish, and sanction marriage according to those beliefs. Just as government shouldn’t interfere with individual rights, government should not interfere with how marriage is treated as a ceremony, a sacrament or a privilege within a set of religious beliefs. However, when it comes to the rights of individuals and couples under the law, government’s promise should be to insure equal access to those rights to all Americans, gay or straight.

For a very long time, society has viewed gay marriage as a moral and, yes, religious issue. Today, I believe we have arrived at a point in history where more and more Americans are viewing it as a question of liberty and freedom. That evolution is important, and the time has come for us to align our marriage laws with the notion that every individual should be treated equally.


December 1, 2011: Gary Johnson’s statement of support for gay marriage



The Pentagon’s certification for the implementation of the repeal of DADT is good news - but long overdue... It should not have taken endless study and hand wringing for the United States to join many other nations in recognizing that our military need not discriminate against openly gay service men and women.

DADT is just one more example of the federal government trying to dictate the private lives of free people. It’s repeal is progress, but we have much more to do to get the government out of the business of discriminating on the basis of personal choices and lifestyles.

As I have stated before if the Republican Party is going to capture the White House in 2012 we need to be the party that promotes freedom from government intervention into our personal lives. Those who continue to promote discrimination and bigotry within the Republican Party in an attempt to pander to social conservatives will cost us the general election. Not only should Republicans be the party of efficient management of the pocket book, but we need to be the party of personal liberty and personal freedom.


July 22, 2011: Press Release: Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson calls DADT certification “good news – but long overdue”




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