Huckabee Likens Marriage Equality to Incest, Polyamory, Drug Use

by Natasha Metzler .
Wednesday Apr 14, 2010

Mike Huckabee, a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2012, says the effort to allow gays and lesbians to marry is comparable to legalizing incest, polygamy and drug use.

Huckabee also told college journalists last week that gay couples should not be permitted to adopt. "Children are not puppies," he said.

Huckabee visited The College of New Jersey in Ewing, N.J., last Wednesday to speak to the Student Government Association. He also was interviewed by a campus news magazine, The Perspective, which published an article on Friday.

Huckabee told the interviewer that not every group's interests deserve to be accommodated, if their lifestyle is outside of what he called "the ideal."

"That would be like saying, well there's there are a lot of people who like to use drugs so let's go ahead and accommodate those who want to use drugs. There are some people who believe in incest, so we should accommodate them. There are people who believe in polygamy, should we accommodate them?" he said, according to a transcript of the interview.

The 2008 presidential hopeful and former Arkansas governor also said that deciding which lifestyles should be accommodated and which ones should not creates a slippery slope.

"Why do you get to choose that two men are OK but one man and three women aren't OK?" he asked.

Huckabee added that his goal isn't to tell others how to live, but that the burden of proving that a gay marriage can be successful rests with the activists in favor of changing the law.

"I don't have to prove that marriage is a man and a woman in a relationship for life," he said. "They have to prove that two men can have an equally definable relationship called marriage, and somehow that that can mean the same thing."

Since the magazine published the interview, Huckabee's remarks have attracted considerable attention on the Web.

In a statement Tuesday, Huckabee said that while he believes what people do in their private lives is their business, "I do not believe we should change the traditional definition of marriage." He also said he thought the college magazine was sensationalizing his "well-known and hardly unusual views of same-sex marriage."

In response to a 1992 questionnaire from The Associated Press, Huckabee, then a Senate candidate in Arkansas, spelled out his opposition to homosexuality, saying it was crucial that the country not "legitimize immorality."

"I feel homosexuality is an aberrant, unnatural, and sinful lifestyle," he wrote, in response to a question about gays in the military.

He also advocated isolating AIDS patients from the general public, saying it was necessary to confine "carriers of this plague."

As governor, Huckabee supported an Arkansas policy that prevented same-sex couples from serving as foster parents. On gay marriage, he said in an interview, "Marriage has historically never meant anything other than a man and a woman. It has never meant two men, two women, a man and his pet, or a man and a whole herd of pets."


Associated Press writer Kelly Kissel in Little Rock, Ark., contributed to this report.

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  • , 2010-04-14 11:47:47

    It is good to hear a politician using "plain speak". I am tired of all of the masking and curbing and hedging of viewpoints. Let’s have open and honest debates using logic and truth.

  • , 2010-04-14 12:48:29

    As an Arkansan, I am again extremely disappointed by a very visible man on the national scene who is constantly referred to as the "former Governor of Arkansas." While putting on a smiling face and gentle preachers demeanor (he is a Baptist minister) he consistently espouses hate that is not truly representative of our state. We have come a long way since the days of Orval Faubus attacking desegregation and the Little Rock 9, though unfortunately no one will recognize that of us as long as Huckabee remains our de-facto spokesman. That past Governor (Faubus) did see a short lived spike in popularity before his slow decline into recognition into what he and now Huckabee are, raging bigots who have no place in the legitimate American political table.

  • , 2010-04-14 14:31:19

    So what? Legalize all 3 and what do you have? A smaller prison population,happier population (the ones with a higher disposable income sans kids)?And the idiots who want more than one wife get what they deserve? I am an Arkansan also and the Huckster is laughable in his beliefs that the govt. should protect us from ourselves and knows what is for our own good. What about the last true conservative Barry Goldwater? He was in favor of right to choose,Gay rights,and smaller govt with less controlls over us.

  • , 2010-04-14 14:52:02

    Huckabee sounds like another harmful racist in our history. Remember Germany 1936?

  • MarsRed, 2010-04-14 15:19:44

    What.... .....a freaking moron... I agree with you, legalize all three and you will see that drugs and polygamy won’t hurt society as a whole. In the next 100 years, both will be legal anyway. And incest... as long as both parties are consenting adults at the time.... Not my buisness, use protection.

  • , 2010-04-14 16:12:31

    As a Gay Arkansan, I hate when heterosexuals always try to blame Gays for problems or say bad things about the gay community, like huckabee. Some people need to look in the mirror, and fix their own problems first. We just want equal rights just like everybody else. Gay couples last just as long as straight married couples, even longer. We can not get married, but they get divorced. Gay couples would like to adopt, but can not. Married couples can adopt, but usually they abuse them. Sounds like people like huckabee are just hypocrites. Wait he is a baptist minster, so he is always right in his small-minded world. What happen to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness?

  • , 2010-04-14 17:39:05

    Please note: the hate and bigotry displayed by Huckabee towards gays does not represent the views of most of the people I know and have met in this wonderful state of Arkansas. As far as his political aspirations, it sounds like the gay bashing he’s doing is a reflection of the platform he will run on, and I think people will see through this transparency. The ban on Gay marriage was a big part of the Republican platform during the Bush administration because they knew it would get them the votes. I have faith it won’t again should Huckabee run using this as his major platform. Huckabee would be better off spreading his extremist religious views somewhere else in a country like Iran where gays supposedly don’t exist.

  • G, 2010-04-14 21:31:42

    Thank you, Arkansas residents, who have separated yourselves from him. At least I don’t have to think about your entire state with negativity, wondering why gays are hated so much. You encourage me.

  • , 2010-04-15 17:37:55

    Interesting that the title uses the word polyamory yet Huckabee is quoted as using the word polygamy. I’m sure he’s against both, or would be if he knew the difference. Most people think oppressive patriarchal religion-based multi-partner marriage when they hear the word polygamy, which though similar in some ways is still a far cry from egalitarian polyamory (which may involve marriage or not.)

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