Libertarian Party on Families & Children

Party Platform


No gender identity restrictions on child custody or adoption

Sexual orientation, preference, gender, or gender identity should have no impact on the government's treatment of individuals, such as in current marriage, child custody, adoption,

immigration or military service laws. Government does not have the authority to define, license or restrict personal relationships. Consenting adults should be free to choose their own sexual practices and personal relationships.

Source: 2016 Libertarian platform adopted in Convention, Orlando FL , May 30, 2016

Keep families free from government intrusion

We believe that families and households are private institutions, which should be free from government intrusion and interference. We believe that government involvement in traditional parenting responsibilities has weakened families and replaced family-taught morals with government-taught morals.

Parents, or other guardians, have the right to raise their children according to their own standards and beliefs, without interference by government, unless they are abusing the children. We recognize that the determination of child abuse can be very difficult. Only local courts should be empowered to remove a child from his or her home, with the consent of the community. This is not meant to preclude appropriate action when a child is in immediate physical danger.

Source: National Platform of the Libertarian Party , Jul 2, 2000

End subsidies for child-bearing built into tax laws

Source: Excerpts from 1980 Clark/Koch Libertarian Party platform , Nov 1, 1980

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