Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee again expresses his anti-evolutionary thinking in this month’s GQ.
The dark horse conservative sat down with journo Ross Douthat to talk tradition – and how we gays have no place in said tradition.
GQ: Is the strategy shifting because social conservatives are losing on those core issues? Ten years ago, it would have been unimaginable to have gay marriage even in liberal Massachusetts. Now itâ€™s there.
Huckabee: I donâ€™t think the issueâ€™s about being against gay marriage. Itâ€™s about being for traditional marriage and articulating the reason thatâ€™s important. You have to have a basic family structure. Thereâ€™s never been a civilization that has rewritten what marriage and family means and survived. So there is a sense in which, you know, itâ€™s one thing to say if people want to live a different way, thatâ€™s their business. But when you want to redefine what family means or what marriage means, then thatâ€™s an issue that should require some serious and significant debate in the public square.
GQ: I just wonder what youâ€™d say to the gay couple who says, â€œWell, we want to live this way, and my partner canâ€™t come visit me in a nursing home.â€
Huckabee: He can with a power of attorney. Thatâ€™s the fallacy, that this requires some new definition of marriage. Itâ€™s simply not the case.
GQ: So why canâ€™t you call it a civil union?
Huckabee: Because it really is a precursor toward marriage. Once the government says this relationship is in essence similar to or equal to a marriageâ€”weâ€™re not going to call it that, but thatâ€™s what it isâ€”and you grant it the same basic rights as marriage, then youâ€™ve effectively done it.
Yeah, it would be like calling a Baptist like Huckabee’s akin to a regular old Christian: totally blasphemous, right?