Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Pride and Prejudice

Michael Badnarik, the only Presidential candidate to attend the San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration in 2004 (the Libertarian, of course), has released the following press release concerning the current debate about same-sex marriage as part of his high-profile run for Congress this year. If only we could get such a clear statement from Hillary Clinton . . .  but if I were you I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for one.
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Austin, Texas - While President Bush renewed his push on Saturday for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, Michael Badnarik, candidate for US Congress in Texas' 10th district, prepped himself for his campaign's first "Concert for Liberty" at the Red Eyed Fly.

"Unfortunately, it doesn't matter how you flip the mega-party coin in this debate. Both sides are the same," said Badnarik in reference to the 1996 passage of the Defense of Marriage Act defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman. That act was signed into law by Democratic then-President Clinton.

Badnarik, a constitutional scholar, believes the rights of a minority group can never be voted away by a majority vote. He further contends that government has no place in private bedrooms.

"Marriage is a personal and religious sacrament and the government has no business usurping it. As a congressman, I will oppose any federal legislative attempt to prohibit gay marriage." Badnarik continues, "The government should never have gotten involved with marriage in the first place, and I intend to return churches and private individuals to their rightful place in defining among themselves what their sacraments and contracts are to be."

Although he personally will be in Houston attending the Libertarian Party State Conference, the Badnarik for Congress campaign will staff a booth at the 2006 Texas Pride Festival on June 10th at Waterloo Park in Austin.

Having raised over $280,000 to date, and with billboards already in place across the district, Badnarik aims to become the first Libertarian elected to the US House of Representatives. Badnarik ended the most recent campaign reporting period with the highest net cash position in the three-way race for Texas' Congressional District 10.

For more info visit To schedule an interview with the candidate, contact Jon Airheart at 512-637-6863.