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Mike Huckabee: It’s Those Queers Who Refer to Gay Sex As Having ‘Ick Factor’

Mike Huckabee is defending himself against — but not apologizing for — accusations of homophobia based on his New Yorker profile by explaining the difference between “icky” (which he didn’t say) and “ick factor,” which he did. His “use of the phrase ‘ick factor’ was as the established notion from within the Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, Transgender (GLBT) community,” he says. “It was not an indication of personal aversion, but rather a reference to an established phrase used mostly from same-sex marriage advocates and militants – not one I created.” Mr. Huckabee is right in one sense: We do sometimes use the phrase, or a variation of it, but only when describing heteronormative fears about what happens when two people of the same sex lie down in bed together. Like Huckabee’s. But isn’t this just like Mike?

Last time he got called out for an idiotic comment about our community, he also blamed someone else for his word choice. When he compared tolerating gay marriage to tolerating drug use, Huckabee insisted a college reporter made him same that. We all know he was lying.