Watch as Mike Huckabee continues his biblical attacks on same-sex marriage, using folksy rhetoric to claim to speak for all people of faith.
Mike Huckabee appeared on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday morning to continue his attacks on same-sex marriage. The likely GOP presidential candidate is averaging third in the polls now, behind Jeb Bush (first) and Chris Christie (second).
Calling legal civil same-sex marriage "a biblical issue," the 59-year old Republican former Arkansas governor excused his opposition to equality by insisting he has no choice in the matter.
Saying, "unless, you know, I get a new version of the Scriptures, it's really not my place to say, 'OK, I'm just going to evolve,'" Huckabee told CNN's Dana Bash. "It's like asking somebody who's Jewish to start serving bacon-wrapped shrimp in their deli," he said. And attempting to sound sympathetic and tolerant, the former Fox News host added, "We don't want to do that. I mean, we're not going to do that."
Huckabee also insisted asking Christians to support the right of same-sex couples to marry is like "asking a Muslim to serve up something that is offensive to him or to have dogs in his backyard."
He then continued to position anti-gay Christians as victims, and implied that all Christians are anti-gay.
"We're so sensitive to make sure we don't offend certain religions," the ordained Southern Baptist minister added, "but then we act like Christians can't have the convictions that they have had for over 2,000 years."
Huckabee, who led the attack on gay people and same-sex marriage several years ago by creating nationalÂ Chick-fil-A Day, and who less than a year ago threatened to leave the GOP and form a new party of anti-gay conservatives if Republicans didn't start attack same-sex marriage even more, claimed to have a far more intellectually supportive position on homosexuality today.
Insisting "there's room in the tent" for pro-LGBT Republicans, Huckabee, the author of over a dozen books, including his latest, God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy, acknowledged, "I hope the party doesn't change its overall view."
However, he also acknowledged that he has gay friends.
"But, you know, the very fact that I talk about the relationships I have with friends who are gay indicates that I'm not a person who shuts everybody out around me who disagrees. To be honest with you, Dana, I find a lot more interesting conversations that I can have with people who don't agree with me."
"And I accept a lot of people as friends maybe whose lifestyle I don't necessarily adhere to, agree with or practice."
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