Likely presidential candidate Mike Huckabee warned that expanding marriage to gays and lesbians would lead to polygamy and promised to use his Constitutional powers and the presidential bully pulpit to prohibit same-sex unions if he were elected. Huckabee made the comments during an appearance on Fox Business’ Freedom Watch with Judge Napolitano on Friday, where he also implied that same-sex couples are “dysfunctional” and should not raise children:
HUCKABEE: If we change the definition to a man or a man and a woman and a woman, why can’t we accommodate a man and two women or a woman and three men. [...]
There is a role that a father plays that is different than a role that a mother plays. The ideal relationship for a child is give them both. [...] There is a Natural Law that supersedes even Constitutional and statutory law. That Natural Law that says it is wrong, to murder, to steal.
NAPOLITANO: If you became the President of the United States would you use your bully pulpit to address this or would you use your powers under the Constitution to address this?
HUCKABEE: Well, I think that the President uses both…I would use both….if you have families that are dysfunctional, broken, and totally falling apart, that’s going to be reflected in every level of government upon which government is built.
Numerous studies dispute Huckabee’s unsubstantiated suggestion that kids fare worse in gay households, showing that children with same-sex parents show no significant differences compared with children in different-sex households. In fact, a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics, found that “children raised by lesbian mothers — whether the mother was partnered or single — scored very similarly to children raised by heterosexual parents on measures of development and social behavior.” The researchers also found that “children in lesbian homes scored higher than kids in straight families on some psychological measures of self-esteem and confidence, did better academically and were less likely to have behavioral problems, such as rule-breaking and aggression.”