Huckabee clarifies that he opposes gay rights because he’s disgusted by gay sex.

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"Huckabee clarifies that he opposes gay rights because he’s disgusted by gay sex."

Former Arkansas governor and current Fox News personality Mike Huckabee has responded to the controversy surrounding his New Yorker profile, in which he calls gay relationships ‘ick[y]’ and jokes that he would support gay marriage if he were forced into an affair with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi:

My use of the phrase ‘ick factor’ was as the established notion from within the Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, Transgender (GLBT) community. It was not an indication of personal aversion, but rather a reference to an established phrase used mostly from same-sex marriage advocates and militants – not one I created.

Former colleague of then Professor Obama from the University of Chicago’s Law School, Dr. Martha Nussbaum, has often made reference to the ‘ick factor’ in her professional writings and is credited with applying the phrase to the GLBT community.

This phrase is not new. This phrase is not mine.

More over, the phrase ‘ick factor’ was widely used as early as the late 1990’s and was just the subject of an entire article written on April 12 of this year – by Joseph Erbentraut – and he even put ‘Ick Factor’ in the title.

I stand by my statement, and the misrepresentations of those who seek to dishonestly distort my views expose their duplicity and hypocrisy.

This is a rather bizarre defense, since Nussbaum uses the “ick factor” to argue that opponents of gay political initiatives are driven by their “aversion to man-on-man anal sex” (that’s the ick), not any sophisticated legal or Biblical theories of behavior. As Joseph Erbentraut explains in that April 12th article, “according to Nussbaum’s theory, those opposed to same-sex marriage, for example, maintain their beliefs largely due to an underlying, subconscious feeling of disgust at the thought of what defines ‘gay’ as, well, gay — as well as lesbian as lesbian: What is done in the bedroom.” So is Huckabee conceding the point — that his opposition to gay marriage is driven by “personal aversion”?

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