Former Arkansas governor and current radio and television host Mike Huckabee was in Iowa Tuesday speaking to the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition.
Part of the speech focused on same-sex marriage. “I’m not against anybody, I’m really not. I’m not a hater. I’m not homophobic. I honestly don’t care what people do personally in their individual lives.” Huckabee said.
Huckabee ran for president in 2008 and is believed to be taking steps for another run in 2016. He has not officially announced he is a candidate, but political experts believe speaking in Iowa is an indicator because it is a key primary state.
“When people say, ‘Why don’t you just kind of get on the right side of history?’ I said, ‘You’ve got to understand, this is for me is not about the right side or the wrong side of history, this is the right side of the Bible, and unless God rewrites it, edits it, sends it down with his signature on it, it’s not my book to change,” he said. Huckabee is also a minister.
Last July on Huckabee, his Fox News show, he compared same-sex marriage to polygamy and prostitution. “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. And Frankly, let’s make all consensual adult behaviors legal, whether prostitution, assisted suicide, or even drinking 16 ounce sodas in New York City,” the HuffingtonPost reported.
Huckabee created a stir during the Republican National Committee saying “If the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government, then so be it. Let us take that discussion all across America because women are far more than the Democrats have played them to be. And women across America to to stand up and say, ‘Enough is enough.'”
While speaking about same-sex marriage Tuesday,he also discussed a recent Supreme Court decision not to take a case involving a New Mexico photography business penalized in state courts for denying service to a lesbian couple, allowing the penalty to stand.
“Why is it that Christians stand back and take it in the teeth time and time and time again?” Huckabee said. “But we cannot change this country if we do not rise up and vote with an informed mind and a committed spirit and if we’re not willing to stand along.”