ATTN PRESS -- "Straight" Pride Parade

The following is a statement from LPMass Chairman and Libertarian National Committeeman Jeff Lyons:

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Memorial Day message from LPMass Chair

The following is a Memorial Day message from Jeff Lyons, Chairman of the Libertarian Association of Massachusetts, and a US Navy Veteran:

 

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LPMass Chair Lyons issues statement on Bob Kraft's arrest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            
Libertarian Party of Massachusetts

Jeff Lyons, Chairman

Phone: 617-286-3618

E-Mail: Chair@lpmass.org


Upon learning that Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots had been charged for soliciting prostitution in a massage parlor in Jupiter Florida, Jeff Lyons, Chair of the Libertarian Party of Massachusetts issued the following statement:


"The Libertarian Party has always asserted that consenting adults should be able to exchange whatever goods and services they wish, so long as both parties willingly agree to the terms. It should be pointed out that had Robert Kraft been in Nevada, this would have been a legal activity.

"The Libertarian Party of Massachusetts believes that human sex trafficking is a serious crime, and the organizers of the illegal sex trade should be targeted, not consenting adults engaged in a commercial transaction.

"The government should not be seeking to restrict commerce, nor should it pass a moral judgement on consensual activities between adults. Assuming both parties in this case were adults and consenting, we call for the immediate dismissal of the misdemeanor charges against Bob Kraft and the decriminalization of prostitution, which we believe would deny human traffickers the ability to operate a black market. Until consensual sexual commerce is legalized, I fear these heinous acts will continue."

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The Libertarian Party platform includes the following plank:

2.10 Sex Work

The Libertarian Party supports the decriminalization of prostitution. We assert the right of consenting adults to provide sexual services to clients for compensation, and the right of clients to purchase sexual services from consenting sex workers.


LPMass Responds to Weld Seeking Republican Nom.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            Libertarian Party of Massachusetts

Jeff Lyons, Chairman

Phone: 617-286-3618

E-Mail: Chair@lpmass.org

 

Gov. Weld Seeks Republican Nomination, LPMass Responds

 

 

This morning, Former Massachusetts Governor William F. Weld announced an Exploratory Committee for seeking the Presidential Nomination of the Grand Old Party.  The Libertarian Party of Massachusetts offered a response this afternoon. LPMass Chairman

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LPMA Statement on the "Sanctuary State"

Libertarian Party of Massachusetts statement on amendment #1147 to S.4  05/24/2018

The Libertarian Party believes that every citizen has the right to associate with whomever they choose, regardless of where that person is born. That millions of Americans have chosen to do so attests to the fundamental value of freedom of association.

When a peaceful activity is made illegal by law, we oppose the law and do not consider violation of that law to be immoral. The amendment to the state budget to not expend state resources on enforcing misguided and cruel Federal mandates is morally sound.

The amendment is only controversial because fear of immigrants has been praised and encouraged in gullible voters in order to boost vote totals for Republican candidates. The economic benefits, low crime rates, and low use of public resources of immigrants, legal or not, are well documented by dispassionate analysts. But none of this matters for the false dichotomy that defines the mythical division between Democrats and Republicans.

Any effort to oppose the cruelty now being inflicted on decent people should be applauded. The federal government has destroyed peaceful and hard-working families by deporting their breadwinners and has ripped children from the arms of Central American mothers who are desperate for asylum from unfathomable violence.  Federal law says that these actions of Federal law enforcement agents are not crimes, but in reality, they are crimes against humanity. The efforts of Massachusetts legislators to refuse to abet this disgraceful campaign of terror is highly praiseworthy.

It is completely consistent with libertarianism to oppose a shameful police state devoted to the persecution of foreign-born persons who have done nothing wrong but who have had their peaceful behavior defined as criminal activity by unjust laws.


Dr. Greg Dennis and Ranked Choice Voting



Carla Howell addresses the LPMA Convention

Political Director of the Libertarian Party Carla Howell delivers the keynote address at the Libertarian Party of Massachusetts


Thomas Simmons statement on the Orlando Mass Shooting

Given the events in Las Vegas, we thought we would revist the statement following the Orlando Shooting of LPMA Congressional candidate Thomas Simmons

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The Libertarian Party of Massachusetts Denounces Bigotry and Violence on Boston Common

 

Contact:
Brandon Ahlgrim
617.902.0650
press@lpmass.org


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

The Libertarian Party of Massachusetts Denounces Bigotry and Violence on Boston Common

Boston, MA - August 16th, 2017 - The tensions between political extremist groups, like those present at the Unite the Right event in Charlottesville, have come to a flashpoint. Picking a side in a political theatre where actors routinely employ violence against each other is a foolish venture destined for failure. These extremists use violence in their attempts to suppress free speech, regardless of whether they lean right or left. Support for either side will only lead to escalating violence.

The choice between one street hooligan over another is not unlike the antics of major party politics. Given the choice between the “Left” and the “Right”, the Libertarian Party of Massachusetts and its members choose freedom. Only through freedom, opportunity, and peace can the people of the Commonwealth pursue prosperity.

The Libertarian Party of Massachusetts categorically rejects racially motivated bigotry while at the same time supports the rights of all citizens to openly and peaceably express their opinions in the realm of public discourse. There will always be those who hold repugnant views, but we must always embrace freedom of expression and allow the marketplace of ideas to drown out hate and bigotry.

In advance of the Boston Free Speech Rally tentatively taking place on the Boston Common August 19th, The Libertarian Party of Massachusetts denounces the planned violent demonstrations by both the White Nationalists and AntiFa groups.

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The Libertarian Party of Massachusetts is the Commonwealth’s third-oldest political party and is committed to defending all the rights of every citizen in the Commonwealth, all of the time.

Visit our website at http://www.lpmass.org to learn more. 


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