Gay-rights activists and supporters are gearing up to push for a change to state law, seeking to end the ban on same-sex marriage. As the legislature gets ready to tackle this divisive issue, the LPMN is proposing a new solution.
In May 2011, the Libertarian Party of Minnesota was among the first organizations to take a stand against the anti-liberty Marriage Amendment, recognizing that marriage is a fundamental human right and should be a private matter between individuals. Shortly afterward, the LPMN joined the Minnesotans United coalition which mobilized a year-long statewide campaign to defeat it. In October 2012, Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson added his voice, condemning the attempt to enshrine discrimination into the state constitution.
With several new gun control proposals under consideration by the legislature, Libertarians gained a high profile by speaking publicly in defense of the freedom of all peaceful, responsible people to own firearms. Videos of their testimony are included below.
The three days of public hearings in St Paul drew significant opposition to new legislation infringing on the freedom to bear arms. Libertarian leaders took front stage, emphasizing the right to self-defense, the misguidedness of restrictions which target responsible citizens who've harmed no one, and offering a liberty-based solution to help prevent violence at schools.