At an event for Iowa's largest anti-gay group The Family Leader, 2012 presidential hopeful Herman Cain told Marie Diamond of Think Progress that he would not have a problem appointing an openly gay person to his cabinet — because at least they're not a Muslim!
Nope, not at all. I wouldn’t have a problem with that at all. I just want people who are qualified, I want them to believe in the Constitution of the United States of America. So yep, I don’t have a problem with appointing an openly gay person. Because they’re not going to try to put sharia law in our laws.
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Cain made the comments while standing next to anti-gay activist Bob Vanderplaats, whose campaign last year successfully ousted three Supreme Court judges for their rulings legalizing marriage equality.
The Des Moines Register made note of other portions of Cain's speech: "The retired Georgia businessman wove several references to God into his speech to 140 Pella-area conservatives, saying that laws come from God and that 'the biblical purpose for government is to punish evil and encourage good.' He later quoted the book of Matthew."
On a side note, Chris Barron of gay conservative group GOProud offered Cain "kudos" for the support.
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