This probably oughtta go to the other list, but what the hell.
> Gays assert that they're not demanding "special rights," only the rights
> that everyone else is entitled to (among the categories that discrimination
> is prohibited on the basis of national law include race, age, sex, handicap
> status, religion, and national origin. Libertarians, on the other hand,
> refuse to recognize any "right" by anyone "not to be discriminated
> against." If someone doesn't like...gays, blacks, hispanics, foreigners,
> Catholics, women, Irish, Asians, Italians, etc. they have a perfect right
> to discriminate against any such group, or any other group, on any basis
> they please, both in their personal life and in their business life.
> Libertarians don't like to talk about this area very much I've noticed, but
> it's there. Thus, those who argue in favor of state action to outlaw
> discrimination against various groups and categories are turned off by that
> position. Such as most gays. Tim Condon
Seeing as though I am gay and Libertarian all rolled into one, I felt I should
respond to your posting...
I don't believe in special rights for any group. I believe anyone can
discriminate against anyone that they damn well feel they should. However,
when it comes to rights, what most are referring to are those given by the
government. The government gets to decide who gets what rights (ie,
marriage rights) but they should not discriminate. As a Libertarian I believe an
individual may discriminate, but the state must not, as they are not allowed to
limit human rights.