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Monday, July 15, 2024

Mike Huckabee’s homophobia

Presidential wannabe Mike Huckabee (AP)

Mike Huckabee, a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2012, says the effort to allow gays and lesbians to marry is comparable to legalizing incest, polygamy and drug use.

Huckabee also told college journalists last week that gay couples should not be permitted to adopt. “Children are not puppies,” he said.

Huckabee visited The College of New Jersey in Ewing, N.J., last Wednesday to speak to the Student Government Association. He also was interviewed by a campus news magazine, The Perspective, which published an article on Friday.

Huckabee told the interviewer that not every group’s interests deserve to be accommodated, if their lifestyle is outside of what he called “the ideal.”

“That would be like saying, well there’s there are a lot of people who like to use drugs so let’s go ahead and accommodate those who want to use drugs. There are some people who believe in incest, so we should accommodate them. There are people who believe in polygamy, should we accommodate them?” he said, according to a transcript of the interview.

The 2008 presidential hopeful and former Arkansas governor also said that deciding which lifestyles should be accommodated and which ones should not creates a slippery slope.

“Why do you get to choose that two men are OK but one man and three women aren’t OK?” he asked.

Huckabee added that his goal isn’t to tell others how to live, but that the burden of proving that a gay marriage can be successful rests with the activists in favor of changing the law.

“I don’t have to prove that marriage is a man and a woman in a relationship for life,” he said. “They have to prove that two men can have an equally definable relationship called marriage, and somehow that that can mean the same thing.”

Since the magazine published the interview, Huckabee’s remarks have attracted considerable attention on the Web.

In a statement Tuesday, Huckabee said that while he believes what people do in their private lives is their business, “I do not believe we should change the traditional definition of marriage.” He also said he thought the college magazine was sensationalizing his “well-known and hardly unusual views of same-sex marriage.”

In response to a 1992 questionnaire from The Associated Press, Huckabee, then a Senate candidate in Arkansas, spelled out his opposition to homosexuality, saying it was crucial that the country not “legitimize immorality.”

“I feel homosexuality is an aberrant, unnatural, and sinful lifestyle,” he wrote, in response to a question about gays in the military.

He also advocated isolating AIDS patients from the general public, saying it was necessary to confine “carriers of this plague.”

As governor, Huckabee supported an Arkansas policy that prevented same-sex couples from serving as foster parents. On gay marriage, he said in an interview, “Marriage has historically never meant anything other than a man and a woman. It has never meant two men, two women, a man and his pet, or a man and a whole herd of pets.”


Associated Press writer Kelly Kissel in Little Rock, Ark., contributed to this report.


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13 thoughts on “Mike Huckabee’s homophobia”

  1. I go to TCNJ and I just want to say that while I definitly don’t agree with Huckabee’s views, the magazine who published his comments are known for always having sensationalized stories. Basically, they are always looking for attention and know they can get it by making people mad. I read their magazine because its interesting, but it definitly isn’t real news journalism. Even those of us non journalism majors can tell you that! also, I think the guy who wrote the story was arrested last year and made a huge deal of it. Once agan, just looking for attention!

  2. It’s refreshing to see that issues like this bring out the best in all of us. Live and let live? Nah, we’re too advanced for such antiquated ideals.

  3. I don’t see why gay people shouldn’t be allowed to suffer with the rest of us married folks. 🙂

  4. This guy is simply doing his best to remind us why it would be an absolute disaster to elect a person who’s primary motivations are built on a strong religious background. Religion is fine behind closed doors, but does not belong in deciding what is best for everyone. He says gays and lesbians do not belong in the military, I say that religion belongs in the military even less, at least not in a policy governing way.

  5. Indeed.

    Substitute the word “black” for “gay” or “lesbian” in Mr. Huckabee’s remarks and unadulterated bigotry of this crowd comes shining though.

  6. “(You) have to prove that two men can have an equally definable relationship called marriage, and somehow that that can mean the same thing.”

    Of course, since we won’t let you marry it makes it a tad, just a tad, difficult to prove your point.

    What an asshole!

  7. Is this guy for real. What an a@#. I am a gay male and I have been with my partner for 3 years. We buy a house together with no problems we can open a checking account together but we can’t get married that’s just stupid. I hope no one votes for this idiot.

  8. I am a Methodist Christian and I have to say that Mike is RIGHT ON THE MONEY. This is why our country is going to shit. His comments were exactly on the dot. Children are NOT puppies to adopt and throw away, homos and gays and others’ “lifestyles” should not become “ok” just because there are more than a handful of people practicing it. What is next? Allowing child molesters to practice their lifestyle? Come on, what happened to morals and decency? If Mike runs for Pres. I will do my part to help him win! Go Mike!!!

    • “Children are not puppies”, and gay folks are not children looking for pets, therefore homophobes are not un-immoral.

      Stufasokinit, the King of Loggik

    • Are you kidding me HRDiva? So you are blaming US (Gays) for making the country go to shit. I think the economy is whats making the country go to shit. I’m sure you stand behind your wonderful pope and catholic church for all the molesting that goes on in the church but thats ok. I don’t hear you talking about that. I am gay and I work, and pay my taxes just like you.

  9. I assume that brother Mike believes that perpetuating ignorance is the world’s salvation.

    Ignorance of the masses is truly a dream come true for churches and governments.

  10. Sadly, the latest public diatribe by Mr. Huckabee (et al) against legalizing Gay marriage has been commanded by a well-organized (albeit unlikely) combination of Roman Catholic and fundamentalist, evangelical “Christian” institutions. The latter remain particularly non-inclusive in their approach to religion.

    Fortunately, the hypocrisy of such “Christian” behavior (purported to be founded on principles of love, inclusiveness and acceptance, but which is now coming across as narrow intolerance for the beliefs and behavior of others) is blatantly on display for the rest of the world to see.

    It’s also becoming ever harder for most people who call themselves “Christians” to blindly accept lectures on what is “abnormal” sexual behavior from an institution that, in the case of the Roman Catholic Church, still firmly considers celibacy for its priests (and the resulting pedophilia it encourages) to somehow be “normal”.

    Any government that truly believes in the full separation of Church and State should also recognize these protests as nothing more than a desperate, last-ditch attempt to salvage what’s now left of the Church’s once complete power to control people’s money, thoughts and lives.

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