President Abraham Lincoln has something in common with Kim Davis, according to Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee: They both nobly ignored the U.S. Supreme Court.
Davis, the now-infamous Kentucky county clerk, is refusing to issue marriage licenses to a same-sex couples, despite the Supreme Court’s recent ruling giving gay couples the constitutional right to wed. On Thursday, Davis was held in contempt of court for her refusal, and taken into custody. (Huckabee immediately condemned the decision, deeming it a “criminalization of Christianity.”)
Appearing on MSNBC this morning, Huckabee said that’s just like Abraham Lincoln, who was not in favor of the Supreme Court’s 1857 Dred Scott decision which held that African Americans were not full citizens.
“Look, you would have hated Lincoln, because he disregarded the Dred Scott 1857 decision that said black people aren’t fully human,” Huckabee said when host Joe Scarborough questioned him about his support of Davis. “[Lincoln] disregarded [Dred Scott] because he knew it was not operative, that it was not logical.”
Aside from Huckabee’s equation of marriage equality to a decision that held that black people are “so far inferior that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect,” his comments also indicated his aversion to the Supreme Court in general. Echoing sentiments he’s expressed before, the former Arkansas governor said the high court should not be able to impose that ruling on individual states unless they’ve passed their own legislation echoing the ruling.
“When you say [marriage equality is] the law of the land, can you quote the statute that has been passed by the people’s elected representatives? No,” Huckabee said. “The only law she’s following is the Kentucky law which, by constitutional amendment, defines marriage as between a man and a woman.”
Scarborough, however, wasn’t buying it, noting that Supreme Court rulings supersede state laws. In other words, even though Kentucky’s constitution states that marriage is between a man and a woman, that became null and void when the Supreme Court ruled for federal marriage equality.
“Whether I agree with you or not on states being able to regulate this or not,” Scarborough said, “anything that Kentucky passed becomes irrelevant as soon as the Supreme Court of the U.S. makes a constitutional determination, right?”
“That’s not — no,” Huckabee answered. “That’s not true.”