There’s one group who might not be endorsing Mike Huckabee after he shared his view on homosexuality.
The Republican presidential hopeful, who has made comments in the past that have upset the gay community, was speaking with Dana Bash on CNN’s State of the Union. Bash asked the former Arkansas governor about his view on homosexuality and how it corresponds to his religious beliefs.
Huckabee answered, “People can be my friends who have lifestyles that are not necessarily my lifestyle. I don’t shut people out of my circle or 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. You know, 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 and opera — it’s not my cup of tea.”
So, according to Huckabee, homosexuality is a lifestyle choice like dropping some four letter words and enjoying a drink?
In the past, according to the Gay News Network, Huckabee has referred to homosexuality as “unnatural” and “sinful.” But apparently, he hadn’t shared enough of his views because Huckabee went on.
He compared asking Christians to accept same-sex marriage to “asking someone who’s Jewish to start serving bacon-wrapped shrimp in their deli.”
Huckabee then defended “the rights of business owners to reject gay people or refuse to serve them.”
Well, I suppose if he’s defending the right to refuse to serve the gay community, then he can surely defend their right to never vote for him.
Specifically, Huckabee said, “I’d like to think that there’s room in America for people who have different points of view without screaming and shouting and wanting to shut their businesses down…What worries me in this new environment we’re in, it’s not just that someone might disagree, they don’t want to argue with me, even take a different point of view. They want to close someone’s business down.”
Huckabee was quick to point out that he’s not the only one with this view, reminding everyone of President Obama’s 2008 opposition to same-sex marriage.
That being said, Huckabee went on to say that homosexuality and same-sex marriages are not “political” issues, but “biblical” ones.
Huckabee added, “And as a biblical issue — unless I get a new version of the scriptures, it’s really not my place to say, OK, I’m just going to evolve.”
Whatever happened to separation of religion and state?
So how exactly do people feel about Huckabee’s view on homosexuality, hetero- and homosexual alike?
Wonder if Mike Huckabee realizes the reason so many people are turned off from religion is the harsh hateful judgment of people like him?
— patti (@utbrp) February 2, 2015
#MikeHuckabee being gay isn’t a lifestyle or point of view. Shut up already you imbecile.
— Ricky G (@RickyGivens2) February 2, 2015
— Barbara Case Speers (@buggyaboutbugs) February 2, 2015
While Mike Huckabee was quick to share his view on homosexuality, after seeing the backlash, maybe he shouldn’t have if he wants to be president someday.