Mike Huckabee Insists That Gay People ‘Can Be My Friends’

Despite opposing LGBT rights throughout his political career, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee confessed to CNN on Sunday that he has plenty of homosexual friends.

Speaking to CNN’s Dana Bash on State of the Union, Mike Huckabee said, “People can be my friends who have lifestyles that are not necessary my lifestyle.”

Huckabee insisted that he opened to the possibility of all kinds of friendship.

“I don’t shut people out of my life because they have a different point of view. I don’t drink alcohol, but gosh, a lot of my friends, maybe most of them do. I don’t use profanity, but believe me, I’ve got a lot of friends who do. Some people really like classical music and ballet, opera — it’s not my cup of tea.”

Mike Huckabee believes that it is indeed those on the conservative right who are being unfairly persecuted for their stance on gay marriage.

“There’s room in America for people who have different points of view without screaming and shouting and wanting to shut their businesses down,” Huckabee said.

“It would be like asking a Jewish deli to serve bacon-wrapped shrimp, or asking a Muslim to do serve up something that is offensive to him, or have dogs in his backyard.”

In fact, Huckabee believes that he holds the same position that President Obama once held when he was first elected as President back in 2008.

“Obama had the same position I had when he spoke about it in 2008, and for the same reason. He said it was because he was a Christian and because God is in the mix.”

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Recently, Mike Huckabee was criticized by Megyn Kelly after admitting that he was offended by women swearing in public in a professional setting during a radio interview in Iowa.

During a segment of her show, The Kelly File, Megyn Kelly delivered the unforgiving reality to Huckabee.

“Well I do have news for you before I let you go: we are not only swearing, we’re drinking, we’re smoking, we’re having pre-marital sex, we take birth control before we go to work, and sometimes boss around a bunch of men.”

Mike Huckabee is expected to announce his intention to run in the next presidential cycle.

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