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For Immediate Release———————–


Contact Steve Newton, New Castle County Chair, Libertarian Party of Delaware (302) 229-7197

Libertarian candidates in Delaware challenge their opponents on marriage equality:

Libertarians would prefer to get the government out of the marriage business all together, but today’s reality is that marriage confers social, economic, and legal advantages on the couples whose unions are recognized by the State.

We thus jointly agree with Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson that marriage is a civil right, and that the so-called Defense of Marriage Act is an unconstitutional attempt to deny the civil rights of some Americans in favor of the religious and social beliefs of others.

As citizens of Delaware we applaud the incremental move toward marriage equality in the legalization of civil unions, but this is only a necessary first step.

As Libertarian candidates for State and local office, we take the uncompromising position that Delaware should make the enactment of marriage equality a priority, and we pledge to work toward that end if elected.

We challenge each of our respective opponents, and all candidates in this year’s election, to make an unequivocal statement regarding their position on marriage equality, so that Delawareans in November will enter the voting booth knowing exactly where they stand.

Yours in Liberty,

Margaret Melson, candidate for State Representative, 14th District

John Machurek, candidate for State Representative, 16th District

Will McVay, candidate for State Representative, 32nd District

Wendy Jones, candidate for State Senate, 6th District

James Christina, candidate for State Senate, 7th District

Scott Gesty, candidate for US House of Representatives

Andrew Groff, Green/Libertarian candidate for US Senate

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Petition Form CreationIf you are a registered voter in the state of Maryland, please fill out this form to get our candidatesback onto the November 6, 2012 General Election ballot. After we locate your voter record, we’ll be able to tell you if your name was submitted in the 2011 petition drive. We are not asking you toregister Libertarian, or even to vote for our candidates. This just gives Maryland voters a choiceother than Democrat or Republican when casting their votes. In order to get the Board of Election’s information onto the form, you need to provide sufficient data to find your record in their database. In this day and age, many of us are reticent to provide personal information (with good reason) and you may be reluctant to enter it here. But the BoE already has this information — it is entered here only for matching and validation purposes. We send these forms to the state government for processing. So you are not putting yourself in jeopardy (honest!). Please fill in the information fields below — if anything is in the slightest way incorrect, they will not count your effort!
Calling all Maryland Registered Voters!

First Name:
Last Name:
Zip Code of Registered Address:
Date of Birth (MM/DD/YYYY):
County (or write “Baltimore City”):
Telephone:

The fine print (background information)

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In Maryland, political parties other than Democrats and Republicans must submit a “New Party Petition” every four years to be (re-) recognized by the State Board of Elections (BoE). This permits us to place candidates on the General Election ballot. While this is an onerous task, the Libertarian Party of Maryland (us, the MdLP), the Green, and the Constitution parties have managed to accomplish it in recent memory. For reasons unrelated to those political parties, the standards that the BoE uses to recognize or strike out individual names of voters who signed these petitions has evolved — into a more stringent requirement. The BoE identified over 12,000 of the signatures the MdLP turned in in the the spring of 2011 as belonging to valid Maryland voters, yet invalidated thousands of them for various technical reasons. The predominant reason was the voter not including a middle initial, using a nickname, or something related to the precise name the BoE has on file as compared to the name submitted on the petition form. As a result, we did not reach the required level of 10,000 signatures to retain state recognition.
We filed a lawsuit to contest the overly stringent signature requirements. On June 21, 2011 the judge agreed with us and filed a summary judgement in our favor in Libertarian Party of Maryland and Maryland Green Party v. Maryland State Board of Elections. The MdLP was immediately re-recognized as a political party by the BoE.
The BoE filed an appeal to the lower court ruling. On March 2, 2012, oral arguments were presented to the Maryland Court of Appeals. In the mean time, the MdLP was active and nominated candidates for all U.S. Congress positions. On May 21, 2012, the Court of Appeals rendered their unanimous decision: the BoE was correct in every detail and the Libertarian and Green Parties were wrong on every detail of the court case. The court ordered the BoE to immediately de-certify those parties. The only certified parties in the state of Maryland now are the Democrats and Republicans. The BoE requires thousands of additional petition signatures to augment those which it did accept in order to reinstate the MdLP.
To summarize: the MdLP submitted over 13,000 signatures of Maryland registered voters to “renew” our political status in the spring of 2011; the BoE invalidated far more than had been usual in the past; the MdLP won a legal case re-recognizing us and putting our candidates on the ballot; the BoE appealed; the highest court in Maryland overturned the lower court ruling, de-certifying us and removing our candidates from the ballot.
Now, we need to collect thousands of more signatures that the BoE cannot refute to be reinstated (again) and get our candidates back onto the ballot for the November 6, 2012 General Election.We need your help. We have little time to collect the petition signatures and we cannot afford to have the BoE invalidate a large percentage of them yet again. This webpage lets you create a personalized petition form with your printed information that is extracted from the BoE database. All you need to do is print it out, sign it, and mail it in (sorry, the BoE does not allow for online-only petitions) — it will have to be accepted, as a match to their records is guaranteed.
This webpage creates a petition sheet with just one name and signer — yours. And it has been pre-validated. We strongly encourage all to use this method. Print out personalized sheets for each person signing. It is a bit wasteful of paper, but is worth the trouble. If you really, really want to do it manually (discouraged), here is a blank petition form and here is some good advice.
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Why We’re Shredding Our Marriage License PDF Print E-mail
Written by Angela Keaton   
Monday, 28 May 2012 17:22
by Sean Haugh of  Liberty for All.
No one is free when others are oppressed. That’s the short answer to why my wife, Pam Adams, and I will be shredding our marriage license in front of the North Carolina General Assembly at 11am on Tuesday, May 29, 2012.
We’ll be joining the couple that witnessed our marriage those 13 wonderful years ago, Barbara and Tom Howe. Barbara suggested this months ago when our legislature placed the anti-marriage amendment on the North Carolina ballot. This Constitutional Amendment redefines marriage in the eyes of the state as between one man and one woman only. And it did indeed pass earlier this month with 61% of the vote.
We attended a Republican Party county convention in March where they overwhelmingly passed a resolution in favor of the amendment. Out of 95 people we were two of the seven to vote no. I was one of only two to speak against the motion. I heard Republican after Republican appeal to pure democracy. In their bigoted zeal they deliberately forgot what their party supposedly stands for – the Republic. They deliberately forgot the entire purpose of Constitutions, to limit governments from infringing upon the inalienable rights of the people.
I told them how deeply offended I am that they can presume to come into our home and judge our marriage. It does not matter one whit that we would pass their judgment. They do not have the right to judge it in the first place. To demand that the state invade the privacy of our family to impose their bigoted judgment on us only proves they are completely without any principle beyond their own hate.
Because that’s exactly what it is – hate. Any other explanation offered is a lie. Why else would anyone fear the love one person has for another? What kind of sick diseased heart is offended by love?
I think of my friend Richard in California and the joy that he felt when he could finally legally marry his partner of 35 years. Yes they had a stable committed relationship before. The piece of paper from the state did not change that. But the symbolism of being legally married meant so very much to him.
I think of my friend Charles here in Durham. He’s been with the same fellow for maybe eight or ten years now. They are beautiful together. The caring and sweetness that passes so effortlessly between them would be the envy of any marriage. I wonder if it would mean anything to them to be able to define their relationship according to their own desires?
And I think of the love I share with my sweetie. It is awesome! I wish everyone could have the kind of love that we share every day.
I’ve been around long enough to get some sense of what’s important in this life and what’s not. I’ve pretty much come to the conclusion that the only thing that really matters at all is how you love other people. Thus I would argue that deciding who you will love and how you will love them are among the most fundamental human rights. Marriage is the most sacred expression of this love.
It is time we reclaimed the institution of marriage from the state and declared it to be a fundamental human right. I stand by my wife and hope to be with her until the end of my days. That will not change. But if the state insists that our marriage must pass their bigoted judgment to exist, then their license is worthless.
We refute their ability to judge our marriage and we protest their insistence that it be denied to people they don’t like. That’s why we will shred our marriage license in front of the General Assembly. They need to be informed that their law is invalid.

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A debate between 3 opponents of gay marriage (proponents of the NC constitutional amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman), and Libertarian Barbara Howe, who opposes state defined marriage.  America’s Future Foundation’s kickoff event in Raleigh, on Tuesday March 13, in the Loft at Nattty Greene’s.

A discussion on gay marriage, straight marriage, government’s role in marriage and the proposed marriage amendment to the North Carolina Constitution on the ballot in May. Panelists Tami Fitzgerald, executive director of the NC Values Coalition; Christopher Wolfe, co-director of the Thomas International Center; Fergus Hodgson, director of fiscal policy studies at the John Locke Foundation; and Howe substituted for Mike Munger, professor of political science and economics at Duke University.

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Friday, February 24, 2012, 7:00 PM

CHANGE

500 East Broad StreetRichmondVA (edit map)
Pre-convention Hospitality Suite Added by Laura When: Where:RSVP: Friday, February 24, 2012
7:00 PM Marriott Hotel
500 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219

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I’ve updated this Meetup. For more details, see the full listing:
http://www.meetup.com/LPNOVA/events/46596872/
When: Saturday, February 25, 2012 9:00 AM
Where: Richmond Marriott
500 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219

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Two term New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, shut out of all but two of the GOP presidential debates even though he out-polled Santorum, Huntsman and others during the same time periods, may seek the Libertarian Party nomination.

This saga has a number of interesting features to date:

FOX News seems to have been involved in the few debates Johnson was allowed into, and has given him the fairest coverage — though he is arguably the most “liberal” Republican candidate, favoring a 40% cut in the defense budget, federal recognition of gay unions by the IRS, INS, etc., and free immigration and open borders, as well as the decriminalization of marijuana.

Many hardcore fans of Ayn Rand have been unhappy with Ron Paul, who is too Christian and seems to anti-American in his foreign policy style for their taste, but have given Johnson a fair hearing.  But they also have a long opposition to the Libertarian Party.  So will they still consider supporting him?

And if Johnson runs a “socially liberal” campaign on themes of civil liberties and curtailing the excesses of the Bush-Obama foreign policies, will he pull more votes from Obama than he does from the GOP?

The Libertarian Party nominating convention is in Las Vegas, May 2-6.  http://www.lp.org/event/2012-libertarian-party-convention-at-red-rock-resort-in-las-vegas

Republican presidential candidate former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson makes a statement during a debate Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, Pool)
Long excluded from the Republican presidential debates, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson is now seriously considering a third party run for president in 2012.
Johnson, should he decide to run as third party candidate, could act as a spoiler by siphoning away much-needed votes from the GOP nominee. Veteran Republican strategist Roger Stone, a Johnson supporter, told The Daily Caller earlier this month that such an effort would “pose a great danger for the Republicans” if they nominate a candidate like former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
In the past, Johnson has said that he has “no intention” of running as anything other than a Republican. Having participated in only two presidential primary debates, he started working with the Republican National Committee last month in an attempt to be included in more, and initially found them receptive to his complaints.
Last week, however, the RNC delivered their final verdict: Johnson, a two-term governor of a key swing state, would not receive any assistance from the party.
“We simply have to have some minimum criteria in order for candidates to participate in these debates,” RNC chief counsel John Phillipe wrote in a letter to Johnson. “Otherwise, the debates would be utter chaos and unhelpful to Republican voters as we select our nominee. The criteria chosen were aimed primarily at ensuring that only candidates exhibiting minimum indicia of viability would be allowed to participate. A candidate can establish that he or she has met this threshold by hitting certain fundraising targets or achieving a minimum level of support in public polling.”
Meeting that “minimum criteria,” his sympathizers point out, has been impossible for Johnson because he has been excluded from major polls for months. It’s a catch-22 for his campaign that Slate’s Dave Weigel, among others, have begun to call “The Gary Johnson rule.”
“The polling thresholds manage to catch [former Utah Governor Jon] Huntsman, and exclude [Johnson], in no small part because a lot of polls don’t ask about him,” Weigel wrote after the RNC’s announced their decision.
“Johnson couldn’t score an invite to one debate because the price of entry was attendance at three TV debates — he’s made it into two … You don’t see a candidate onstage, and you assume there’s something disqualifying about him. You don’t float his name in a poll. You’re a media organization, and you save money by keeping his name out. … It’s all very odd.”
“I’ve clearly been excluded from the process, and that’s a real surprise for me,” Johnson told TheDC. “I feel very naïve.”
Quick to break the tried-and-tested rules of traditional campaigning, Johnson has always been something of an exotic character in the Republican race. He speaks openly of his belief in medical marijuana and admits to using it himself while recovering from a paragliding accident. Unlike virtually every other member of the Republican field in an election largely centered on job creation, Johnson has refused to be called a “job creator” despite New Mexico’s astonishing 11.6 percent job creation rate during his time as governor. And unlike fellow libertarian Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, Johnson approves of humanitarian military intervention in some cases, such as President Obama’s recent decision to send American troops to Africa to help fight the brutal Lord’s Resistance Army.

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