A Queerty Exclusive!

Gravel Issues Gay Marriage Remarks

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While the Democratic presidential candidates are releasing limp responses to California’s gay marriage ruling, former party member and newly minted Libertarian contender Mike Gravel took an extra step and used a word we love to hear: “Congratulations.”

Here are the ever-tenacious Gravel’s remarks, which he passed along exclusively to Queerty:

I congratulate the California Supreme Court for recognizing a self-evident truth: Marriage is a fundamental constitutional right that ALL Americans share! Anything short of marriage equality means second-class citizenship for gays and lesbians. Obama, Clinton and McCain choose to deny this truth but California just made their obstinate opposition much more difficult.

The California court dismissed the argument that “tradition” precludes same-sex marriage. Opponents of interracial marriage once shared this view. They were dead wrong just like opponents of gay marriage. As I said during the HRC/Logo debate, marriage is not about tradition but about love and what this world needs is more LOVE.

Next we must get all states to recognize the same sex marriages granted in California and other enlightened states. This is not a states rights issue, as many of my opponents argue.

Gay marriage, like civil rights for blacks, is a constitutional issue and individual rights must always trump states rights when they are in conflict. My fellow Libertarians who disagree ought to check the definition of libertarianism.

During the HRC/Logo debate I predicted that in five years the nation would embrace gay marriage. Thanks to California we have taken a giant leap toward that glorious day!

We’ve included footage of Gravel’s “loving” remarks after the jump.

Before you dive in, however, consider the Libertarian dilemma. They could nominate Gravel, who proudly supports gay marriage and trans rights. Or they could nominate Bob Barr, the former Republican congressman Bob Barr, a backer of the Defense of Marriage Act. Decisions, decisions…