The 2016 campaign for president has barely begun, but already some candidates are making it clear they would turn back the clock on marriage equality. On CNN’s State of the Union, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said that there is “no chance” he would ever drop his opposition to marriage equality. And in explaining his opposition to marriage equality, Huckabee compared being gay as part of a lifestyle, like drinking or swearing.
“People can be my friends who have lifestyles that are not necessarily my lifestyle. I don’t shut people out of my circle or out of my life because they have a different point of view. I don’t drink alcohol, but gosh – a lot of my friends, maybe most of them, do. You know, I don’t use profanity, but believe me I’ve got a lot of friends who do. Some people really like classical music and ballet and opera – it’s not my cup of tea,” Huckabee said.
Huckabee made it clear he would make his opposition to marriage equality a cornerstone of his campaign, saying, “This is not just a political issue. It is a biblical issue. And as a biblical issue – unless I get a new version of the scriptures, it’s really not my place to say, OK, I’m just going to evolve,” Huckabee said.
This isn’t the first time Huckabee has conjured up offensive and twisted metaphors to try to justify his opposition to marriage equality. In June, Huckabee suggested that he opposed marriage equality because, “If we are determined to change the definition of marriage to accommodate how people feel and what they wish to do because of their mutual consent, then we should immediately release those incarcerated for practicing polygamy or bigamy, and frankly, let’s make all consensual adult behaviors legal, whether prostitution, assisted suicide, or even drinking 16 ounce sodas in New York City.”
Source: HRC Blog