Does Mitt Romney Agree With Advisor Robert Bork That Civil Rights Act Was “Unsurpassed Ugliness”?

Former U.S. Solicitor General and one-time Supreme Court nominee has been named co-chair of Mitt Romney’s “Justice Advisory Committee.”  As such, it would be nice to know how many of Bork’s views Romney shares.

Opposition To Civil Rights:…Bork criticized the Act as a moral abomination. “…having the state coerce you into more righteous paths…is itself a principle of unsurpassed ugliness.”

No Right To Contraception: In Griswold v. Connecticut, the Supreme Court held that married couples have a constitutional right to use contraception — a decision that was later extended to all couples. Bork called this decision “utterly specious” and a “time bomb.”

Banning Porn, Art and Science : …“Constitutional protection should be accorded only to speech that is explicitly political. There is no basis for judicial intervention to protect any other form of expression, be it scientific, literary or that variety of expression we call obscene or pornographic.”

Believes Government Can Criminalize Sex:…Bork however, wrote that “Bowers v. Hardwick, which upheld the community’s right to prohibit homosexual conduct, may be a sign that the Court is recovering its balance . . . . I am dubious about making homosexual conduct criminal, but I favor even less imposing rules upon the American people that have no basis other than the judge’s morality.”

No Constitutional Protection for Women: Bork also claimed that the Constitution does not shield women from gender discrimination. In Bork’s words, “I do think the equal protection clause probably should be kept to things like race and ethnicity.”

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