Cato Institute Chairman Bob Levy has joined with Center for American Progress President John Podesta to co-chair the advisory board of American Foundation for Equal Rights, an organization that opposes same-sex marriage bans such as Prop. 8 in California.
Today Levy and Podesta co-authored an article in the Washington Post explaining why they have joined together in this cause:
Although we serve, respectively, as president of a progressive and chairman of a libertarian think tank, we are not joining the foundation’s advisory board to present a “bipartisan” front. Rather, we have come together in a nonpartisan fashion because the principle of equality before the law transcends the left-right divide and cuts to the core of our nation’s character. This is not about politics; it’s about an indispensable right vested in all Americans.
Over more than two centuries, minorities in America have gradually experienced greater freedom and been subjected to fewer discriminatory laws. But that process unfolded with great difficulty.
As the country evolved, the meaning of one small word — “all” — has evolved as well. Our nation’s Founders reaffirmed in the Declaration of Independence the self-evident truth that “all Men are created equal,” and our Pledge of Allegiance concludes with the simple and definitive words “liberty and justice for all.” Still, we have struggled mightily since our independence, often through our courts, to ensure that liberty and justice is truly available to all Americans.
Read the full article here: http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=11877
Bob Levy’s work should serve as an example to all advocates of liberty. Although we may disagree with others on many issues, we can still come together and work with them on those issues we agree upon. It is also encouraging to see this cooperation focused on an issue of social liberty. For too long libertarians have focused our energy on fighting for economic freedom, often to the detriment of social issues.
However there has been a growing trend of libertarians forming coalitions and winning victories on issues such as same-sex marriage, gun rights, and medical marijuana initiatives. Students are leading the charge on this front with libertarian groups teaming up with Students for a Sensible Drug Policy and Students for Concealed Carry on Campus chapters to fight for these issues on campus. This is a trend that we will work to continue, with SFL Campus Coordinators working to build these coalitions on college campuses across the country.