The U.S. Libertarian Party recently issued a press release stating that the party opposes the legislation currently making its way through the government that would outlaw Internet gambling. According to the party, the Internet gambling ban is part of a broader "war on immorality" being waged by people in the government.
The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the Internet Gambling Prohibition and Enforcement Act as part of House Speaker Dennis Hastert's (R-Ill.) "American Values Agenda" which also included bills banning gay marriage, banning human cloning, and addressing other "moral" issues in the nation.
The bill ended up a combination of bills H.R. 4411 and H.R. 4777, both dealing with online gambling, but Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) was the primary sponsor of H.R. 4777. While talking about the bill, he said, "States have always had the right to approve and regulate gambling within their borders. This bill makes Internet gambling illegal except where regulated by the states."
The bill effectively bans all online betting except for state funded lotteries and horse race betting. It also attempts to cut off Internet gambling by banning financial payment to offshore casinos.
"It's clear that Hastert and Goodlatte are trying to force their moral views on the entire country. Hastert's already added a gay marriage ban to his agenda," said Stephen Gordon, the Libertarian Party's communication director. "Hopefully, they don't plan to impose blue laws or prohibit alcohol, pre-marital sex and dancing, too."
The Libertarian Party is committed to fighting to keep the government out of people's wallets and personal lives. According to Gordon, the actions by the House of Representatives with their efforts to ban online gambling and with the "American Values Agenda" are definitely violations of what the party believes in.