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A few days ago I started a petition on Change.org with the title “No US Money or Arms to Foreign States with Gay Death Penalty.” The recipients of the petition are President Barack Obama, Senator Rand Paul, and Representative Justin Amash.

Here is the text of the petition:

We demand an immediate end to any U.S. taxpayer funding, military aid, or provision of military-grade weapons to any foreign State that has laws providing a death penalty for being gay or being part of any LGBT community.

It’s unusual for any libertarian to write and circulate a petition like this since begging political officials for anything isn’t exactly radical or revolutionary. But in this particular case I’m taking an opportunity to reach beyond the libertarian movement.

The left is trying to make the narrative regarding the shootings at Pulse about the need for more gun-control and bigotry against both the LGBT community and Muslims.

The right is trying to make the narrative regarding the shootings at Pulse about the need to go to war against “radical Islamic terrorism” — and fuck any inconvenient liberties and due process that gets in the way.

Libertarians are largely either trying to avoid the political crossfire (Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson, for example) or just be reactionary to the assaults from both sides.

The purpose of my petition is to combat both left-wing and right-wing hypocrisy. It’s focusing on current United States government policy subsidizing and arming the very governments that systematically violate the human rights the United States claims to be defending.

If you’re libertarian, anti-interventionist, pro-LGBT, or simply anti-hypocrisy, I ask you to sign this petition at https://www.change.org/p/barack-obama-no-us-money-or-arms-to-foreign-states-with-death-penalty-for-gays?recruiter=6671293&utm_source=petitions_show_components_action_panel_wrapper&utm_medium=copylink

J. Neil Schulman

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Full text of the petition to President Barack Obama, Senator Rand Paul, and Representative Justin Amash:

We demand an immediate end to any U.S. taxpayer funding, military aid, or provision of military-grade weapons to any foreign State that has laws providing a death penalty for being gay or being part of any LGBT community.

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