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Announcement :: Gender
We're here, we're queer -- and we're voting Libertarian
11 Sep 2004
Pink Pistols endorses Badnarik for President
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 7th, 2004
P.O.C. Steve Gordon
(256)227-8360
communications (at) badnarik.org

WE'RE HERE, WE'RE QUEER ... AND WE'RE VOTING LIBERTARIAN
Pink Pistols endorses Badnarik for President

Boston, MA - Some politicians think that the Second Amendment is obsolete. Some politicians think that the Second Amendment is for duck hunters and competitive shooters. But one presidential candidate knows who the Second Amendment is for: Everyone, especially those who, disarmed, face victimization.

"The Right to Keep and Bear Arms is the cornerstone of civil society," says Michael Badnarik, the Libertarian Party's 2004 presidential nominee. "It's the ultimate recourse, not only against foreign invasion or repressive government, but against bigotry when bigotry becomes aggression."

Pink Pistols, a national organization dedicated to educating the alternative sexual community on the need for armed self-defense, has endorsed Badnarik's candidacy.

"We're excited to endorse the only candidate in this election who stands for equal rights -- and the means to defend those rights -- for everyone," says Douglas L. Krick, founder of Pink Pistols. "With the 'major' parties competing to see who can be most strident in encouraging different standards for the queer communities, it's more important than ever that we stand up for ourselves -- and support candidates who stand with us."

Badnarik, 50, of Austin, Texas, welcomes that support. "Pursuit of political reform is best exercised through the ballot box and the jury box," he says. "But ultimately the cartridge box must be there, especially when lives are at stake. In America today, it's still considered acceptable in many places to attack gay men and lesbians for no other reason than who they are. When that happens, the victim can't wait for a police officer or a jury to try to sort things out."

Badnarik is also on record in favor of same-sex marriage. "It's a religious and community matter -- the government shouldn't be in the business of licensing marriage, or of excluding anyone from it. That came about as a means of preventing interracial marriage -- racism imposed by government. It's no different when applied to consenting adults of the same sex."

Pink Pistols currently operates 43 chapters in 29 states. Its members support gun rights and armed self-defense.

Badnarik expects to be on the ballot this November in 49 or 50 states and the District of Columbia. More than 600 Libertarians currently serve in public office nationwide.

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Web References:

Badnarik-Campagna 2004:
http://www.badnarik.org

Pink Pistols:
http://www.pinkpistols.org
See also:
http://www.badnarik.org
http://www.pinkpistols.org

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Re: We're here, we're queer -- and we're voting Libertarian
11 Sep 2004
I would not join a pro-gun movement if it also advocated gay marriage.
Throw Your Vote Away.
11 Sep 2004
Want the homophobic OUT of the White House? Get real! Vote for Kerry!
Remember this...The Massachusetts Governor is homophobic, just like his friend Bush! Vote to get both these facists OUT of office!
Re: We're here, we're queer -- and we're voting Libertarian
11 Sep 2004
Listen, when you go around calling homophobes fascist, it means that gay people are communists. You shouldn't put down homophobes, because it just boomerangs right back at you.
Voting Libertarian is a Vote for Bush.
12 Sep 2004
Badnarik hasnt a chance to win the election. That's a given. So, by taking away the liberal vote from Kerry, you shrink the pool of votes going against Bush in relation to Kerry (Either Bush or Kerry will win). This is the same thing that put Bush Senior in office when Perot ran on the Independent ticket.

Being on the ballot is not the same as having a chance to win. I am glad you are voting Libertarian, because that means theres fewer votes for Kerry, and more for Bush.
Re: We're here, we're queer -- and we're voting Libertarian
13 Sep 2004
I am not allowed to respond to this article. However, I disagree with gay marriage. Supporting gun ownership does not convince me to supprt gay marriage.