Same-Sex Marriage and LGBTQ+ Discrimination: From Battleground to Common Ground

A Statement of the American Solidarity Party

America needs solidarity. For too long, our nation has been torn apart on the cultural battlefield. The American Solidarity Party envisions a path that transcends the polarizing ideologies of the culture war, a path neither to the left or to the right but forward, towards the shared future of the common good.

LGBTQ+ rights, and especially the legalization of same-sex marriage, have served as crucial battleground issues in the culture war. Since the Supreme Court’s landmark 2015 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, public support for same-sex marriage has risen to over 60%, including 65% of Catholics and 55% of Protestants, and continues to rise. Nonetheless, the issue remains polarizing among some Americans. Other issues relating to the equal treatment of the LGBTQ+ community remain equally as contentious, such as adoption rights, employment discrimination, and public accommodations. These issues are on the front line of the culture war, and this war is not without casualties. Grievously, discrimination and violence against members of the LGBTQ+ community is still commonplace.

While the American Solidarity Party takes no position regarding same-sex marriage, we stand absolutely opposed to discrimination and unjust treatment. Members are free to express agreement or disagreement with same-sex marriage, with the understanding they do not speak on behalf of the American Solidarity Party, its leadership, or other party members when they do so. In addition, we expect party members to model a disposition of respect, sensitivity, and welcome to members of the LGBTQ+ community.

The American Solidarity Party platform affirms:

We believe in the vigorous enforcement of civil liberties enshrined in the Bill of Rights. We believe that the persistence of unjust discrimination in our society must be acknowledged and addressed. The state has a role to play in protecting marginalized groups from unjust discrimination, and should pay particular attention to the effect that policy proposals will have on vulnerable and marginalized groups. We, therefore, support: The principle that all persons have equal dignity and are entitled to nondiscriminatory treatment regardless of race, religion, nationality, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.

Consistent with these principles in the platform, we also oppose:

• Efforts to marginalize and devalue members of the LGBTQ+ community.
• Discriminatory treatment of any person based on sexuality, marital status, or gender identity.
• Stigmatising rhetoric which alienates and “others” LGBTQ+ people, undermining their acceptance as full and equal members of society.
• Subjecting minors to so-called “reparative” or “conversion therapy,” or allowing commercial exploitation of persons of any age with these often-torturous and clinically-unproven techniques.

Religious liberties and civil rights should not be viewed as mutually exclusive. We fully support religious liberty protections that allow for differences in belief and personal conscience, while not supporting systematic discrimination or the promotion of bigotry. Instead, we advocate an ethos of solidarity, the protection of constitutionally and legally-mandated minority rights, and the fostering of an environment of mutual respect between communities of differing beliefs.

The American Solidarity Party welcomes all people who want to work together to advocate for the sanctity of human life, the necessity of social justice, our responsibility to care for the environment, and the promotion of a more peaceful world. Peace and solidarity begin at home. It is our responsibility as members of the American Solidarity Party community to model the solidarity that we seek for our nation, and to protect the non-negotiable rights of all persons, and especially the vulnerable, to equal protections and equal dignity.

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