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John Cox on Civil Rights

Republican Party Chair, Cook County (IL)


Respect people's freedom but don't sanction gay behavior

Q: What do you intend to do to counteract the homosexual agenda?

A: You know, this is a free country, and we have to respect people's freedom to do what they want to do. But you know what? We don't have to sanction it. We don't have to sanction behavior. We don't have to support it financially. And we don't need to put more rights that will create more litigation in this country. The last thing we need in this country is more litigation from rights.

Source: 2007 GOP Values Voter Presidential Debate Sep 17, 2007

Stand up for proper behavior or we end up with bestiality

Q: What about the homosexual agenda?

A: I don't know that we help ourselves when we try to moralize to a large part of the country that is not a believer like us. I think we need to use common sense. We certainly need to stand up for the proper behavior, we absolutely need to do that, but we need to use common sense, and talk about the fact that we can't open the floodgates to polygamy & bestiality & all kinds of other things. Kids, hold your ears.

Source: 2007 GOP Values Voter Presidential Debate Sep 17, 2007

Marriage about protecting children; not homosexual largesse

Q: Will you support a federal marriage amendment, and what else will you do to protect the institution of marriage?

A: Marriage is about protecting children. That's what it is all about. The effort by the homosexual lobby is all about trying to get the government to recognize a relationship that exists between them, and have it validated and have it benefited by government largesse. We need to talk about faith, but we also need to talk about common sense. We need to talk about the ideals of protecting children. And that's so important for the future of our country, because, let's face it, without children, we don't have a country go forward. Talk to China. Their one-child policy is really going to lead to the destruction of that country. We need to have a marriage amendment. I will travel everywhere to argue that marriage is common sense, it protects children, and we ought to continue to justify it and honor it, and keep it the institution it should be for the protection of children.

Source: 2007 GOP Values Voter Presidential Debate Sep 17, 2007

Swift passage of the Federal Marriage Amendment

The traditional American family has suffered several defeats in the past decade at the hands of state courts, who force legislatures to impose so-called "gay marriage" or "civil unions" onto the people. As president, I will stand for the traditional American family and will support swift passage of the Federal Marriage Amendment to protect against this trend.
Source: Campaign website, cox2008.com Jul 2, 2007

Favors amendment to the Constitution to define marriage

Q: What part of the Constitution authorizes the federal government to define marriage?

A: Unfortunately, courts today are increasingly taking over the function of local state legislatures. I do not want the federal government to be involved in marriage but unfortunately, I would not be able to change the judiciary overnight as President. Therefore, I would favor an amendment to the Constitution to define marriage. I would also appoint strict constructionists as judges--people that believe in judicial restraint, not overreaching power.

Q: But you said you believe the Constitution should be followed to the letter.

A: I do believe the Constitution should be followed to the letter, including amendments. The Federal Marriage amendment is just that, an amendment. It has to be approved by 75% of the state legislatures, like other amendments. I wish this weren't necessary but because of activists judges it is. The Constitution doesn't now provide for marriage but with this amendment it would.

Source: Interview with "Small Government Times" Mar 6, 2007

Affirmative action based on race is racist

Q: Do you believe in Affirmative Action?

A: Affirmative action based on race is racist--plain and simple. I adamantly oppose racism of all kinds. Is there a place to help those who haven't had economic opportunity? Yes, but we need to be very careful that corruption and cronyism are not part of the equation and unfortunately, that is often the case when government picks winners and losers in the economy.

Source: Interview with "Small Government Times" Mar 6, 2007

A flag burning Constitutional amendment is necessary

Q: Do you support a flag burning amendment?

A: Due to judicial overreach, a flag burning amendment is necessary at this time.

Q: Is this type of legislation constitutional? Do you link flag desecration with treason?

A: I am supporting a Constitutional amendment to ban flag burning because it is so objectionable to so many people and the courts are allowing it. I don't necessarily equate it with treason but I do find it objectionable and it tends to incite hard feelings and violence.

Source: Interview with "Small Government Times" Mar 6, 2007

Other candidates on Civil Rights: John Cox on other issues:
Nominees:
GOP: Sen.John McCain
Democrat: Sen.Barack Obama
Dem.V.P.: Sen.Joe Biden

GOP V.P. Possibilities:
Gov.Haley Barbour(MS)
Gov.Charlie Crist(FL)
Mayor Rudy Giuliani(NYC)
Gov.Mike Huckabee(AR)
Sen.Joe Lieberman(CT)
Gov.Tim Pawlenty(MN)
Gov.Mitt Romney(MA)
Gov.Mark Sanford(SC)

Third Parties:
Constitution: Chuck Baldwin
Libertarian: Rep.Bob Barr
Libertarian: Sen.Mike Gravel
Constitution: Amb.Alan Keyes
Liberation: Gloria La Riva
Green: Rep.Cynthia McKinney
Socialist: Brian Moore
Independent: Ralph Nader
Libertarian: Rep.Ron Paul
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