Steve Lonegan @ Rutgers! (And a bit on gay marriage).

Last Wednesday, April 15th, some Student Liberty Front members went out to Rutger’s University (New Brunswick, NJ) to see an event hosted by the Rutger’s Libertarians.

They were hosting Republican candidate for governor, Stephen Lonegan.

All was going great, until the Q & A, when Lonegan was asked about gay marriage.  This is what stops us liberty-minded people from voting Republican.  He flat out rejected gay marriage.  No discussion on fairness of government incentives, just pure disregard of the subject as a whole.  However, after checking out his website, I could see that he pretty much ignored the topic and it is hard to find on his site — which I suppose is better then publicizing his views for his campaign.

Now, I can see why some would be against gay marriage.  If the religion that they follow is completely against gay marriage, so be it.  They don’t have to get a gay marriage!  Simple.  Now, if another religion allows and supports gay marriage, so be it!  Homosexuals can get married!

Now, the problem.  Those who do not believe gay marriage is right need to realize that not everyone is like them/thinks the same way/believes the same things!  They need to be open to the fact that equality is in order, and every marriage needs to have the same government incentives as the next.  Gay married couple = Straight married couple = Lesbian married couple, and so on.

This is not a big deal, it just involves people opening their eyes to a bit of change (because not everyone believes in the same religion).  It’s this pig headed “there’s only one truth” that brings society down, and it’s not fair.

Oh my.

On top of it all, what does separation of church and state even mean anymore?  I feel like it should mean that churches have the right to marry who they want, and in turn, since the government recognizes marriage as a way to give out incentives, they should only track marriages, not regulate churches from giving them out!  That’s not separation at all!

Speaking of gay marriage, there’s a great event coming up on May 3rd, sponsored by the Equality Forum, check it out.  The rally at Independence Hall is going to be monumental.

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3 thoughts on “Steve Lonegan @ Rutgers! (And a bit on gay marriage).

  1. On gay marriage: I completely agree. I think this sort of identity politics (“I don’t like gay marriage, and my government shouldn’t condone it”) is inevitable whenever the state gets involved in any sphere of life.

  2. Stacy,
    In all areas we should err on the side of liberty and tolerance. That being said, I live in the conservative south and people around here are overwhelmingly opposed to state sanctioned gay marriage. I have found that, if you really question them about this issue, their concern comes down to one of two deep concerns, both grounded in the Judeo-Christian worldview:
    1. The Bible clearly states that practicing homosexuality is sinful. People (especially elderly Christians) just can’t seem to get past that. They don’t see that their undisguised hatred and slander of homosexuals is just as sinful. It does no good to tell them that the state should not mandate morality. They see legal homosexual marriage as state approval of a sinful lifestyle and cite it as a clear example of the moral decay of America.
    2. Many younger Christians believe that if gay marriage becomes legal, it will be accepted and taught in public schools as “normal” behavior. They are afraid their impressionable children will be taught that it is OK and normal for little Jimmy to have two mommies or two daddies (this has already happened in some schools around here). They believe that this undermines their God-given right to impart their own moral values to their kids.

    I am a Christian and therefore believe the Bible teaches that a homosexual lifestyle is sinful. However, I also believe that it is not the place of government to discriminate against gay people by denying them the clear advantages that a “legal marriage union” bestows. It is not the place of government to enforce religious moral codes. I have friends and co-workers who are gay, and they know that I am a Christian, but they also know that I understand I have no right (government mandated or otherwise) to force my moral beliefs on them. Since this is clear to both sides, their lifestyle is not a obstacle that gets in the way of our relationship. On the other hand, I can see the point of #2 above. I have small children and I would not want them to be taught anything that is clearly contrary to the faith based morality that my wife and I hold dear. To avoid this conflict, we home-school and/or send our kids to private schools depending on the year, but not all families are financially equipped to do this.

    My point is that this issue is not as clear cut as many (on either side) make it out to be. You really have to get down to the core of the issue with people and discover why they believe what they believe. It is not as easy as “opening their eyes to a bit of change”, or “pig headed there’s only one truth” opinions. Divisive language and actions promote neither love nor liberty. Those of us who love freedom have to be mediators and peacemakers to both sides.

  3. Huge issue with me was when Lonegan said he based all of his positions on the philosophy of individual liberty, then made a Biblical argument/ appeal to authority when asked about gay marriage.

    I wouldn’t vote for Lonegan because I would see at as an act of coercion against my gay friends.

    I wouldn’t vote for his opponent because it is coercion against the taxpayers and a slew of others.

    I also wouldn’t vote for a politician who made it illegal for a church to refuse to marry gay couples: coercion against my Christian friends.

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