In answer to a Questionnaire from the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Alliance today, Gail Lightfoot, Libertarian candidate for California Secretary of State said, "While the office I currently seek is not a legislative office, I have a great deal of sympathy for those individuals who feel rejected by society and our government."
"Libertarians know how it feels to have your ideas and goals dismissed as unimportant by those in power." Lightfoot explained. "While we do not embrace special treatment or benefits for the few or members of a group or class of society, we do support equal protection of all members of society."
Lightfoot went on to say, "Libertarians believe all crimes are hate crimes and those who commit any crime should make full restitution to the victims."
"Furthermore," Lightfoot continued, "the state has no right to tell any individual who they may love or live with under what arrangements. A marriage is either a religious or a secular contract. A church decides who can enter into their contract. The state cannot deny the right to enter into a secular contract of any kind because of the participants sexual orientation."
"As to benefits evolving from employment," Lightfoot said, "any employee should be able to negotiate with an employer and pick and choose the benefits they wish added to their salary and who should be listed as their partner or dependent, not the state. State law should allow such individualized arrangements to go forward according to the wishes of the business and its employees."
Libertarian Party Candidate
for California Secretary of State, 2002
Pismo Beach, CA 93448