I’m the only candidate that wants to end the drug war. I’m the only candidate that wants to repeal the Patriot Act. I’m the only candidate that’s talking about marriage equality as being a constitutionally guaranteed right. I’m the only candidate that wants to balance the federal budget now, and that means reforming the entitlements: Medicaid, Medicare.I would like to know what he means by the Constitution guaranteeing "marriage equality".
Quoted in Think Progress, he appears to be supporting "gay marriage" but may really be going beyond that.
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. [...]Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson seems to not be excluding plural marriages, say the way Maggie's Marshall did.
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.
Are there principles involved, or just special interests? I am on the record, from when I ran for office, as saying everyone should get civil unions from the state and "marriages" should be done in arrangement with your local minister. Right now that everyone is straight and homosexual couples. Why is that the natural limit? I would like to draw the line there, but isn't that just me trying to impose my religious or cultural ideas on everyone else?
Regards — Cliff