Marc Delphine, an Oregon financial planner, has filed as a candidate for the U.S. Senate Monday, seeking the Libertarian Party nomination.
According to JustOut.com:
Delphine is the first openly gay candidate to run for federal office in Oregon’s history.
Delphine will formally announce the campaign launch in the State Capitol tomorrow morning, during which he’ll emphasize “Principle-Centered Leadership.” The platform highlights “individual liberty, personal responsibility and equal opportunity.”
In a statement on his website, Delphine writes:
Since governments, when instituted, must not violate individual rights, I oppose all interference by government in the areas of voluntary and contractual relations among individuals (gay-marriage is an example of this). People should not be forced to sacrifice their lives and property for the benefit of others. They should be left free by government to deal with one another as free traders; and the resultant economic system, the only one compatible with the protection of individual rights, is the free market.