JOHNSON-GRAY PRESIDENTIAL TICKET ENDORSES
OHIO’S FREEDOM TO MARRY ACT
August 4, 2012, Toledo, OH – Libertarian Party Vice Presidential nominee Judge Jim Gray today urged Ohio voters to place the proposed Freedom to Marry amendment on the 2013 statewide ballot and to approve it. Gray endorsed the measure on behalf of both himself and presidential candidate and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson.
Judge Gray announced the Libertarian ticket’s support for Freedom to Marry at a news conference Saturday morning at the County Courthouse in Toledo.
Gray said, “Unlike Mitt Romney or President Obama, Governor Johnson and I believe the right to marry who we choose is a constitutionally protected right. People of different faiths and different beliefs are free to follow those beliefs when it comes to embracing or opposing same-sex marriage within those faiths and beliefs. However, it should not be the purview of government to impose one set of beliefs over another. And government absolutely should not sanction discrimination against gay Americans who choose to marry.
“Ohio’s Freedom to Marry amendment is an important step toward marriage equality in a key state. Governor Johnson and I are proud to lend our support, and urge the good people of Ohio to put their state on the side of equality and against government being in the business of deciding who can marry whom.”
Ian James, Co-Founder, FreedomOhio, said, “The FreedomOhio movement is honored to have Gary Johnson and Judge Jim Gray’s endorsement of the Freedom to Marry and Religious Freedom amendment.
“Ohioans know marriage helps committed couples take care of each other and their families. Marriage is a public promise that allows a couple to build a life together based upon love and commitment,” James continued.
“The seismic shifts in public opinion on marriage equality make it clear: It’s time to grant two loving and committed adults the freedom to marry, while ensuring religious institutions have the freedom to perform or recognize a marriage.
“Ohio’s Midwestern values are the secret ingredients for success of this amendment.”
For more information about the Johnson-Gray ticket, please visit www.garyjohnson2012.com
About Vice Presidential candidate Jim Gray:
Judge James P. (Jim) Gray served as a trial court judge in Orange County, California from 1983 to 2010. As a nationally known and respected author and speaker who has long advocated reform of the nation’s drug laws, Judge Gray has appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows, including twice on the O’Reilly Factor and an ABC News John Stossel Special. He is the author of three books and a high school musical. Before serving on the bench, Gray was a criminal defense attorney in the Navy JAG Corps (and was awarded Vietnam Service and Combat Action Ribbons during his service), a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, and a Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica. Judge Gray has been awarded two honorary doctor of law degrees, and each year the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Orange County awards its “Judge James P. Gray Judge of the Year” award to a deserving recipient. Jim Gray is married to his wife, Grace, and has four children, including an adopted Vietnamese son.