Former governor and presidential hobbyist Mike Huckabee may have made an even further shift to the right. On Friday, Mike Huckabee Policy Solutions, Inc. submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in partnership with Paul Cameron’s Family Research Institute. The Huckabee organization claims independence from the governor.
The brief liberally cites studies by the thoroughly discredited Cameron. As the Southern Poverty Law Center points out:
Paul Cameron is an infamous anti-gay propagandist whose one-man statistical chop shop, the Family Research Institute, churns out hate literature masquerading as legitimate science. Cameron dresses up his “studies” with copious footnotes, graphs and charts, and then pays to publish them in certain journals. Cameron’s work has been rejected by both the American Psychological Association and the American Sociological Association, yet his ludicrous statistics are frequently referenced in sermons, news broadcasts, politicians’ speeches and even court decisions.
SPLC samples some of Cameron’s own words:
“Homosexuality is an infectious appetite with personal and social consequences. It is like the dog that gets a taste for blood after killing its first victim and desires to get more victims thereafter with a ravenous hunger.”
— 1988 newspaper column
“Marital sex tends toward the boring end. Generally, it doesn’t deliver the kind of sheer sexual pleasure that homosexual sex does. If you isolate sexuality as something solely for one’s own personal amusement, if all you want is the most satisfying orgasm you can get, then homosexuality seems too powerful to resist.”
— Interview with Rolling Stone, 1999
“Most people who engage in homosexuality are of the lower strata; these are people who are waiters and busboys and bums and hobos and jailbirds and so forth.”
— 1994 religious right conference panel discussion on homosexuality.