Mike Huckabee has made his position on marriage equality crystal clear: It’s just plain wrong. But what happens when he’s asked to provide specific examples of just how marriage equality has hurt anybody? Iowa was the first state to embrace marriage equality (or, as the religious right would say, have it forced on them), and should therefore be a prime example of all the evils and horrors of marriage equality. Huckabee was in Iowa today, and “Think Progress” asked him that very question.
How did he answer? According to “Think Progress,” like this:
Iowans voted differently than the judges ruled, so you’ve got a conflict between the people and the judges. Ultimately, most states have made clear their position on it. The battle hasn’t been with the people. The battle has been with a handful of people in black robes.
Hmm. Doesn’t seem like much of an answer, does it? In fact, it’s an outright dodge of the question: Marriage equality has hurt Iowa because people should be allowed to decide other people’s rights. “Think Progress” notes that, after the Iowa Supreme Court ruling in 2009, thousands of LGBTQ couples flocked to Iowa to get married, boosting the state’s economy and adding nearly $1 million in tax revenue since then.
However, an inability to actually give substantial answers to questions about marriage equality is nothing new for Huckabee. In talking with CNN’s Dana Bash, who asked him whether there’s room in America for people who want to make marriage equality the law of the land, he said:
It’s like asking someone who’s Jewish to start serving bacon-wrapped shrimp in their deli. We don’t want to do that — I mean, we’re not going to do that. Or like asking a Muslim to serve up something that is offensive to him, or to have dogs in his backyard. We’re so sensitive to make sure we don’t offend certain religions, but then we act like Christians can’t have the convictions that they’ve had for 2,000 years.
There’s that wonderful analogy again; forcing Christians to accept equality for a certain group of people is the same as forcing someone of any other religion to do something they wouldn’t do for anybody. A Jewish deli won’t provide bacon-wrapped shrimp for anybody. A Muslim won’t keep a dog in his backyard no matter what kind of dog it is, or who asks him to keep it there. With Christians and marriage, it’s, “Marriage is great! We just don’t want to allow your kind to partake.”
Or, in the case of businesses: “Yes, we do weddings. We just don’t do weddings for your kind.” That’s not the same thing as, “No, we don’t do that at all here.”
“Right Wing Watch” has an article explaining how Huckabee has invoked Godwin’s Law on marriage equality, saying that America has been inundated with lies about the definition of marriage. Lies, he says, are how the Nazis gained control of the German people prior to WWII. He thinks that the government has shut down businesses that oppose marriage equality, which, of course, is an attack on free speech.
The government isn’t shutting anybody down. They’re citing and sanctioning businesses for discrimination, as well they should. The businesses are shutting down in the face of pressure and boycotts from the populace.
This man does not, and never will, understand the issue. Hopefully the GOP will come up with a candidate that can at least frame a coherent, logical argument against marriage equality that isn’t rooted in, “But I don’t wanna! It’s icky!” Which is about what Huckabee’s arguments boil down to. Perhaps he knows this, and that’s why he wouldn’t answer “Think Progress'” question about it.