Lucas Overby is the Libertarian Party candidate for Congressional District 13 and issued a statement this afternoon, July 22, 2014 directed at his opponent, Republican Party candidate David Jolly, on same-sex marriage. Yesterday, July 21, 2014, Jolly reportedly reversed his previous stance on same-sex marriage stating, "As a matter of my Christian faith, I believe in traditional marriage. But as a matter of Constitutional principle I believe in a form of limited government that protects personal liberty. To me, that means that the sanctity of one’s marriage should be defined by their faith and by their church, not by their state. Accordingly, I believe it is fully appropriate for a state to recognize both traditional marriage as well as same-sex marriage, and therefore I support the recent decision by a Monroe County Circuit Judge.” Overby said in respone, "Today, we learned that my opponent has come out in support of marriage equality in the State of Florida. I would like to personally thank him for making such an about-face on such an important issue in just a few months and welcome the Congressman to the conversation."
Overby continued to address the surprising reversal of his opponent in the campaign to elect a U.S. House Representative in Florida's 13th District to his extensive list of followers on social media, "As a life long equality advocate, I do not feel that the equal treatment of all people is an issue to be politicized, so I welcome the Congressman to the conversation. I look forward to debating the ways Pinellas County can lead the fight nationally for not only equal protection under the law for marriage rights, but also for adoption, employment, medical care, and the rest of the many battles along the way to true equality for all."
Overby followed his invitation by stating, "At the end of the day, if the Religious Right, which supports my opponent, can put politics aside and join in the fight for equality it will be a massive win for the entire nation. So thank you to the district Republicans for joining with the Libertarians and the Democrats on this important issue."