Former Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR), who just officially announced his candidacy for president, has pretty much made it his mission to make offensive, baseless, and ridiculous comments about same-sex marriage. Here are some of the worst.
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1. Mike Huckabee compared same-sex marriage and abortion advocates to Nazis.
“[Nazis] at least...tried to hide what they were doing at Auschwitz and Birkenau,” he said. “You have to lie to people, and when lies permeate our culture, it’s a dangerous, dangerous thing,” Huckabee said. "If you are a believer and you believe old-fashioned things like the definition of life and the definition of marriage, it’s possible that the government will put you out of business as they have in numerous occasions like Elane’s Photography. Out of business."
2. He thinks that asking for tolerance is the same thing as making Jewish businesses serve bacon.
“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," he said. "It's like asking someone who's Jewish to start serving bacon-wrapped shrimp in their deli. We don't want to do that -- I mean, we're not going to do that. Or like asking a Muslim to serve up something that is offensive to him, or to have dogs in his backyard," he said. "We're so sensitive to make sure we don't offend certain religions, but then we act like Christians can't have the convictions that they've had for 2,000 years."
3. And that being gay is just a lifestyle, like choosing to drink alcohol.
"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," Huckabee said. "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."
4. In his 1998 book, he compared homosexuality to pedophilia.
"It is now difficult to keep track of the vast array of publicly endorsed and institutionally supported aberrations--from homosexuality and pedophilia to sadomasochism and necrophilia," he said.
5. And in 1992, he said that all AIDS patients should be isolated from the public and quarantined.
"If the federal government is truly serious about doing something with the AIDS virus, we need to take steps that would isolate the carriers of this plague," Huckabee said. "It is difficult to understand the public policy towards AIDS. It is the first time in the history of civilization in which the carriers of a genuine plague have not been isolated from the general population, and in which this deadly disease for which there is no cure is being treated as a civil rights issue instead of the true health crisis it represents."
6. Huckabee thinks that legalizing same-sex marriage is just like legalizing drug use and incest.
"You don't go ahead and accommodate every behavioral pattern that is against the ideal," he said. "That would be like saying, well, there are a lot of people who like to use drugs, so let's go ahead and accommodate those who want who use drugs. There are some people who believe in incest, so we should accommodate them. There are people who believe in polygamy, so we should accommodate them.
7. And, of course, that it will lead to polygamy.
"What is marriage? Marriage is a man and a woman. That's what it is historically. That's what it is legally. If we change the definition to accommodate a man and a man or a woman and a woman, then why can't we accommodate a man and two women or a woman and three men?" he said.
8. His reaction to same-sex relationships is “ick.”
“I do believe that God created male and female and intended for marriage to be the relationship of the two opposite sexes," he said. "Male and female are biologically compatible to have a relationship. We can get into the ick factor, but the fact is two men in a relationship, two women in a relationship, biologically, that doesn't work the same."
9. He thinks the backlash against RCRA is “phony,” and that LGBT people are out to destroy all churches.
“This is bizarre, and I think it's a phony crisis that's been manufactured by the left – just as was the war on women, there was no war on women. The left has gotten very good at creating a crisis, something to divide the country, something to create this sense in which 'we’ve got to go after these conservatives because they are trying to trample over our rights,'" he said. "It won’t stop until there are no more churches, until there are no more people who are spreading the Gospel. And I'm talking now about the unabridged, unapologetic gospel that is really God's truth."
10. And this was his response to the Supreme Court’s DOMA ruling.
My thoughts on the SCOTUS ruling that determined that same sex marriage is okay: "Jesus wept."— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) June 26, 2013
5 people in robes said they are bigger than the voters of CA and Congress combined.And bigger than God.May He forgive us all.— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) June 26, 2013