Civil and Human Rights:
Issues of Liberty, Freedom and Autonomy
The government should not be invading the privacy of its citizens through legislation designed to punish and restrict rights based on a person’s religion, education, gender, age, disability, sexuality, gender identity, race, ethnicity or nationality.
Women's and LGBT Rights
Specific legislation to address these issues has already been proposed, but needs growing support to become law. That includes The Equal Rights Amendment, which states that: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”
Yet, states like Florida continue to skirt our equal protection laws, going so far as to allow school officials to ask children to show them their genitals before participating in school sports (a law Ron DeSantis signed during 2021 Pride month), and proposed bills to criminalize health care for LGBT youth. DeSantis even stole funding from the Pulse shooting survivors and from organizations housing and providing resources for LGBT youth during pride month in 2021.
Our nation already chronically under-funds resources for LGBT youth who face discrimination, violence, and homelessness at a much higher rate than non-LGBT youth.
Bills that would help secure freedom and equality for the LGBTQA community include:
1. Banning the harmful practice of "conversation therapy" from being allowed to abuse gay youth
2. Modernizing hate crime laws to include protections for women and transgender Americans
3. Legislation that requires fair and equal access to healthcare for trans Americans.
4. Ban so-called "bathroom" bills as violations under equal protection laws
5. Protect the rights of all adults - married, single, straight, gay - to adopt children, to serve as foster parents, and to have access to all facilities, businesses, and locales regardless of sexuality or gender identity.
The government should also not be passing laws that seek to favor or punish any particular faith or religion. If the proponents of invasive government think the state can or should tell people how to pray, who to pray to, when to pray, and what to pray for, I ask them to consider how they would feel if someone of a different faith had the power to dictate that for them. A government that mandates religion is antithetical to our entire constitution.
Legalization of Marijuana
I fully support the legalization and regulation of Marijuana for medical and recreational purposes, as there is no reasonable, moral or legal basis for maintaining its status as an illegal narcotic so long as alcohol and tobacco are sold in the United States. I also support expunging the records of anyone who was charged with possession/consumption/growing of marijuana for personal use.
Smaller government means government that doesn't care what you do in the privacy of your own home so long as no one is getting hurt and everyone consents.