Libertarians Issue Statement In Support Of Reverend Neil Carrick On Religious Freedom
Scotty Boman, Vice Chair
Libertarian Party of Michigan
Reverend Neil Patrick Carrick
April 8, 2015
Lansing, MI – The Executive Committee of the Libertarian Party of Michigan has issued the following statement:
“As libertarian we believe that marriage should be a matter of personal liberty, not requiring permission from the state. As Libertarians we believe that marriage is a right, and that by allowing the state to exercise control over marriage, it is implied that we merely have privilege, not the right, to marry. As an example, those born in the US receive a birth certificate, not a birth license.
As such we support Pastor Neil Patrick Carrick’s efforts to decriminalize performance of marriage ceremonies both in his present lawsuit against the state and his efforts to work with local, county and state governments to change the current policies that infringe upon the rights of individuals, clergy and families.”
In the coming days Reverend Carrick and his supporters may be serving Governor Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette with a complaint regarding their lawsuit against the State of Michigan over Religious Freedom and Marriage Equality.
The Lawsuit was originally filed on January 12th in Federal Court in Detroit Michigan.
They are asking the Attorney General to await the DeBoers v. Snyder before the United States Supreme Court decision which they believe will, in part, create a default win for them in Federal Court.
The case has drawn national attention in social media because of other Religious Freedom laws and proposed bills currently being debated in Indiana, Michigan, and Arkansas.
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