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Gary Johnson on Civil Rights

Libertarian presidential nominee; former Republican NM Governor


Supports separation of religion and state

Q: Do you support separation of religion and state?

A: Yes.

Q: You oppose gay marriage, though you favor civil unions. Why?

A: I wouldn't say I oppose gay marriage as a matter of public policy. The government shouldn't be in the marriage business. I would not be opposed to belonging to a church that supports gay marriage.

Source: Interview by Scott Holleran on scottholleran.com blog , Aug 21, 2011

Prostitution is safer when legal and regulated

Q: You have unorthodox takes, for a member of the GOP, on prostitution.

A: Prostitution? I have no intention of enlisting the services of a prostitute. But if I were, where would I want to do that? Well, I'd want to do that I think in Nevada where it's legal and regulated. I think I would be safer in enlisting those services. I would have the least chance of contracting HIV or Hepatitis C or any communicable disease in Nevada.

Source: Tim Dickinson in Rolling Stone Magazine , Jun 15, 2011

I support gay unions; government out of marriage business

Gary Johnson brings his libertarian leanings into a still-fluid Republican field. On ABC's "Top Line" today, Johnson, R-N.M., told us that he'll be concentrating his campaign on "Live Free or Die" New Hampshire, in the hopes of vaulting into prominence.

Johnson isn't shy to discuss areas where he may break with GOP dogma. "I support gay unions. I think the government ought to get out of the marriage business. And then for me as governor of New Mexico, everything was a cost-benefit analysis. There weren't any sacred cows--everything was a cost-benefit analysis. What are we spending money on and what are we getting for the money that we're spending? So in that sense, the drug war is absolutely a failure."

Source: Rick Klein, ABC News, "Obscurity to Prominence" , Apr 22, 2011

Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment.

Johnson adopted the National Governors Association policy:

In 1976 the National Governors Association expressed support for ratification and implementation of the Equal Rights Amendment, which would constitutionally guarantee full citizenship rights and opportunities for women. In 1982 the drive for ratification fell short, and efforts to initiate the amendatory process were taken.

The National Governors Association reaffirms its support for the principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment, i.e., that equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on the basis of gender.

Source: NGA Executive Committee Policy EC-14: Equal Rights Policy 01-NGA1 on Feb 15, 2001

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