In a June 18 open letter, presidential candidate Mike Huckabee writes:
I refuse to sit silently as politically driven interest groups
threaten the foundation of religious liberty, criminalize Christianity,
and demand that Americans abandon Biblical principles of natural
None of those things are remotely true. The quest for marriage equality cannot be reduced to the wishes of a political special interest group. Due process and equal protection are real constitutional requisites that a real presidential candidate would take seriously. The absence of equality hurts real people in real ways. Furthermore, the recognition of same-sex marriage doesn’t threaten religious liberty and it most certainly doesn’t “criminalize Christianity.” Moreover, marriage equality does not require that anyone abandon religious beliefs. Americans remain free to believe what they choose to believe about marriage. Huckabee will certainly continue to be outspoken and proud of his bigotry.
If challenged Huckabee would probably recite the victim litany noting that handful of Americans who have chosen to disregard non-discrimination laws as a means of conveying their disapproval of gay people. What? You really believe that these folks are religiously precluded from, say, baking a cake? Breaking the law to make a point has consequences — something that those folks seem unwilling to accept.
Huckabee’s self-absorption is evident as he goes on to write:
If you lack the backbone to reject judicial tyranny and fight for
religious liberty, you have no business serving our nation as President
of the United States.
“Tyranny?” About two dozen lower courts have concluded that same-sex marriage bans deny gay citizens equal protection and due process as required by the United States Constitution. Presuming that the Supreme Court follows suit the tyranny is apparently found in disagreeing with the holier-than-thou Mike Huckabee. Huckabee is entitled to his opinion but seems obvious to the fact that his opinions do not define the law of the land.
In simplest terms our Constitution gives the judicial branch the power to interpret the law. The President of the United States pledges to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” That remains true even in the highly unlikely event that Mr. Huckabee should be the individual taking that oath.