Has Bob Barr become an ally of the gay community?

In The Huffington Post, Emma Ruby-Sachs advises the gay community to set its sights high with the Obama Administration and seek repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act. And she cites Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr as to why this is desirable:

In law school I met a number of libertarians, many of whom have remained my friends. I wouldn’t say that we often agree about politics, but I found myself nodding along to the recent LA Times Op-Ed written by Barr.

The former Congressman’s analysis of the failures of DOMA is watertight….

Barr certainly is not an outspoken advocate of gay rights, but his belief in the primacy of state government and his libertarian commitment to small government means that he has become an ally of the LGBT community.

For Barr’s full position on this issue, see his op-ed in the January 5 issue of the Los Angeles Times.

As the Times explains, “The author of the federal Defense of Marriage Act now thinks it’s time for his law to get the boot—but for political reasons, not in support of gays.”

5 Responses to “Has Bob Barr become an ally of the gay community?”

  1. frankie Says:

    It is rather odd that the author of the DOMA suddeny discovered his “libertarian” roots and is now criticial of it. Well, good for it. Yet, I suspect that he supported it them and opposed it now for reasons having little to do with philosophy or morality.

    Up until recently, he was trying to kiss up to the religious right and now he wants people to think of him as a libertarian.

  2. Michael Seebeck Says:

    Barr a gay ally?


    Next you’ll be saying he supports Pagans in the military as well!

    His CrayoLA Times op-ed was pathetic, relying on the bogus states rights argument, as if states have ANY authority to overturn constitutional rights…something he should know as a fundamental of both libertarianism and proper execution of our constitutional republic!

  3. Cody Quirk Says:

    I’m wondering the same thing Frankie.

  4. AG Says:

    Geeze, calm down, peeps. I’m thrilled Bob Barr changed his position of DOMA. Did you watch him in the libertarian debate where he said he realizes how the law has harmed gays and their families? Or the video in which he repudiated “don’t ask, don’t tell” and thanked gay servicemen for serving their country? I only wish Ron Paul would do the same.

  5. Glaivester Says:

    In effect, DOMA’s language reflects one-way federalism: It protects only those states that don’t want to accept a same-sex marriage granted by another state.

    What does this even mean? What other federalist protection is there? Does DOMA prevent states with same-sex “marriage” from accepting a same-sex “marriage” granted by another state? Unless this is the case, what Barr is arguing is fo another sort of one-way federalism - protecting only those states who wish to force other states to accept same-sex “marriage.”

    Is Barr saying that all states should be forced to accept same-sex “marriages” performed in, e.g., Massachusetts?

    Couldn’t he oppose the second part of DOMA and still support the first?

    It seems to me that he is simply deceitfully trying to maintain the federalism mantle through shifting definitions while essentially supporting Massachusetts’ and California’s power to impose their morals and mores on the rest of the U.S.

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