The Mercury News reports that John Cox, one of the Republican candidates for governor, suggested gay rights could “open the floodgates to polygamy and bestiality,” bemoaned “transvestites who want to be school teachers,” and vowed to veto any hate crime legislation during a 2007 political debate.
It’s how Republicans in California roll.
Cox’s incendiary comments, made at a conservative forum during his long-shot bid for the presidency, clash with the no-nonsense, anti-politician image the San Diego County businessman has tried to portray during his campaign in California over the last year.
When asked at the Values Voter Presidential Debate in September 2007 what he would do to “counteract the homosexual agenda,” Cox said Republicans should “stand up for the proper behavior” and “talk about the fact that we can’t open the floodgates to polygamy and bestiality and all kinds of other things.” He noted, “we also have this problem with transvestites who want to be school teachers,” arguing that the Republican Party should support school choice and home-schooling so “we won’t have to deal with that.”
According to a transcript of the debate, Cox also answered several yes-or-no questions about LGBT rights, replying that he would “veto any so-called hate crimes legislation” and “support legislation ensuring that schools forfeit federal funding if they expose our children to homosexual propaganda.” He also said he would veto the Employment Non-Discrimination Act — a bill prohibiting employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity — as well as “any other legislation that would add the phrase ‘sexual orientation’ into federal law.”
And in a post on his campaign website at the time, he argued that courts were forcing “so-called ‘gay marriage’ or ‘civil unions’ onto the people,” and promised to support a federal constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in order to “stand for the traditional American family.”