The Libertarian Party of California has endorsed the proposed state measure that would replace the word "marriage" with "domestic partnership" throughout the California constitution and statutes.
The measure, known as the Domestic Partnership Initiative (DPI), proposes that legal rights for all domestic partners, in same or opposite sex partnerships, be identical and include the rights currently afforded to married persons.
Under its provisions, marriage would become a matter for religious and other civil institutions rather than a province of the state.
Stressing that there is no place for the state in a relationship between two people, who may or may not choose to have it blessed by a secular or religious authority, Kevin Takenaga, chairman of the Libertarian Party of California, said, "By introducing the government into the sacred institution of marriage we have spawned an ongoing cultural war that pits American against American."
"The Libertarian Party of California is proud to support the Domestic Partnership Initiative so that all Californians can be treated equally before the law," he added.
DPI was approved on March 9 by the California secretary of state for petition signature gathering. Supporters need approximately 700,000 signatures by August 8 to have the proposed constitutional amendment placed on the 2010 ballot.