From the 1982 Platform of the Libertarian Party:

"In particular we advocate:
b. The repeal of all laws regarding consensual sexual
relations, including prostitution and solicitation, and the
cessation of state oppression and harassment of homosexual men
and women, that they, at last, be accorded their full rights as

"No individual rights should be denied or abridged by the
laws of the United States or any state or locality on account of
sex, race, color, creed, age, national origin or sexual

"We believe that 'children' are human beings and, as
such, have the same rights as any other human beings. Any
reference in this Platform to the rights of human beings includes

"We regard the tragedies caused by unplanned, unwanted
pregnancies to be aggravated, if not created, by government
policies of censorship, restriction, regulation and prohibition.
Therefore we call for the repeal of all laws which restrict
anyone, including children, from engaging in voluntary exchanges
of goods, services or information regarding human sexuality,
reproduction, birth control, or related medical or biological

The 1986 platform preserved the above-cited language, but
greatly expanded the "Children's Rights" article to include the

"We oppose all legally created or sanctioned discrimination
against (or in favor of) children, just as we oppose government
discrimination directed at any other artificially defined sub-
category of human beings."

"We also support the repeal of all laws establishing any
category of crimes applicable to children for which adults would
not be similarly vulnerable, such as curfew, smoking and
alcoholic beverage laws, and other status offenses. (...) We
seek the repeal of all 'children's codes' of statutes which
abridge due process protections for young people."

"Children should always have the right to establish their
maturity by assuming administration and protection of their own
rights, ending dependency upon their parents or other guardians
and assuming all the responsibilities of adulthood."

"We condemn the attempts by parents or any others -- via
kidnappings, conservatorships, or instruction under confinement -
- to force children to conform to their parent's or any others'
religious views."

[ by Hank Phillips (1/8/1990)]