Comment: and likewise, DOMA prevents a tax loophole

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and likewise, DOMA prevents a tax loophole

for same sex couples. By voting FOR DOMA, Ron Paul voted AGAINST allowing same sex partners to fall under the same tax loophole as opposite sex couples. In other words, here was a case where Ron Paul did NOT support lower taxes. Yes?

The point of my initial post however, is that equality and civil liberties + economic prosperity, do not need to be mutually exclusive. The difference between the Libertarian Party and the Republican Party, is that the former always tends to figure out ways to offer both, whereas the Republican Party is happy tossing equality out the window. In the case of marriage, Libertarians will argue that government should be out of the business of regulating marriage, but IF it does recognize marriage, that it should not do so in a discriminatory manner. And any Libertarian would indeed vote for the tax loophole for inheritance, even though they would most likely prefer that there is no inheritance tax at all.

The moral of the story is: If you are going to create a dilemma for young voters to choose between equality and economic prosperity, don't be shocked if many of them select equality. I know that there are a lot of people on this board coming from the perspective that Ron Paul can never make a mistake, but sorry, I view his vote for DOMA as the biggest black mark on his voting record. If Ron Paul was afraid of offending all the religious zealots in the Republican Party, then abstaining would have been the appropriate action. Dr. Paul could have easily voted NO on this like he has on so many other pieces of legislation. He has a reputation for it. Nobody would have batted an eyelash.