Of course, the Libertarian Party's embrace of legal prostitution makes sense. Its platform boils down to this: "Individuals should be free to make choices for themselves and to accept responsibility for the consequences of the choices they make."
That's from the party's official Web site, which goes onto say that individuals own their bodies and have the right to do with them what they want. In addition, the Libertarian Party eschews prosecution of what it calls "victimless" crimes "that do not directly harm the person or property of another."
That includes: "gambling, drug use, prostitution, sodomy, etc."
In the United States, prostitution is legal only in Nevada, where it's been grandfathered in since the state's 19th-century gold mining days.
Prominent libertarian-leaning politicians have offered mixed messages on legalizing prostitution, though. Former congressman Ron Paul (R-Tex.), who ran for president as a Republican in 2008 and 2012 and as the Libertarian Party nominee in 1988, has supported legalizing prostitution, along with drugs. His son, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), distanced himself from those positions in 2012, saying that wouldn't be part of his campaign. Sen. Paul, who is running for president as a Republican in 2016, said in 2008 that he does not support "any changes to the law" with regard to prostitution.
And the Libertarian Party's 2012 presidential nominee, former Republican New Mexico governor Gary Johnson never explicitly supported legalized prostitution but said he does think it's safer when it's regulated.
Even public and political opinion in Nevada on prostitution is sharply divided.
Las Vegas' former mayor, Oscar Goodman, wanted to legalize it in the city, where it's banned but frequently practiced. His wife and now the current mayor, Carolyn Goodman, disagrees. Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is the most prominent Nevada politician to call for an end to legalized prostitution, saying it's harmed Nevada's public image.
So there you have it. Avid brothel supporter? Consider joining the Libertarian Party, like the Bunny Ranch guy.
Or just keep this in mind for The Fix's next trivia night.