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2012 Libertarian Presidential Nominee
Former Governor of New Mexico

Gary Johnson

Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson


Johnson position on Same Sex Issues

Johnson on LGBT

Johnson is a supporter of gay rights, arguing that ‘it’s freedom, it’s liberty’ and that the government has no right to intrude on the personal lives of Americans.

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.”

February 11, 2011: Johnson speaking with CBSNews’ Stephanie Condon





Johnson on Marriage and Civil Unions

“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.”
April 22, 2011: Johnson on ABC News’ Topline

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“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: Johnson speaking during an on-line GOProud Town Hall meeting



Johnson on DADT (Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell)

“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”



Johnson on DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act)

Johnson opposes DOMA.

“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.”
December 1, 2011: Johnson speaking during an on-line GOProud Town Hall meeting


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