Former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee wasted no time on Saturday explaining to his Fox News audience why the Supreme Court’s historic decisions last week on the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8 set the United States down the road towards legal polygamy and bigamy.
“I’m neither a homophobe nor a hater,” he told his audience, before comparing same-sex marriage to polygamy and painting the Supreme Court justices “extremists.”
The Huffington Post flagged Huckabee’s comments, made during his eponymous Fox News show on Saturday night:
“If we’re 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,” Huckabee said. “And, frankly, let’s make all consensual adult behaviors legal, whether prostitution, assisted suicide, or even drinking 16 ounce sodas in New York City.”
Huckabee said he was on the “right side of history,” arguing that gay marriage is “newer than Google or the iPod … and the first nation to even codify it into law didn’t do so until the year 2000.” He also said that the issue “is not equality, but sameness.”
There is nothing new about same-sex marriage, with some historians tracing it back as far as the ancient Greeks. And even using Huckabee’s own timeline, the iPod launched in 2001, a year after the Netherlands legalized same-sex marriage.
In March, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus told the National Review that the party should take its cues on social issues from Huckabee.
(HT: The Raw Story)