Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said it is an insult to African-Americans to call same-sex marriage a civil right.
Huckabee contends African-Americans experienced “true discrimination” during segregation and the civil rights movement and it was not comparable to the same-sex marriage movement.
“What an insult to African-Americans, who were hosed in the street, who were beaten, who were truly discriminated against with separate restrooms, separate drinking fountains, separate entrances. That was true discrimination and it was horrible,” Huckabee said on radio station 1150 WJBO in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on June 30. The full audio from the interview is embedded below.
"It’s hard to say that the redefinition of marriage is on the same basis as was racial discrimination throughout our history,” Huckabee added.
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Huckabee’s comments were made while discussing the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide. He argued that the decision may provide a slippery slope toward further redefinitions of marriage, The Hill reports.
“If you believe that the court is the proper venue to make this kind of a significant social — and even moral — change in the law of marriage, then just remember — if you live by the sword, you die by the sword,” Huckabee said.
“The same court that said, ‘sure, marriage can be between two men or two women,’ ultimately will mean that marriage can be between any group of people that want a marriage because you can’t deny it once you open the door,” Huckabee said.
Huckabee thinks the Supreme Court “overstepped their bounds” based on what the Constitution allows.
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“What they did was not really create marriage equality, they redefined marriage,” Huckabee said. “(That’s) something they don’t have the constitutional authority to do. They incredibly overstepped their bounds. They legislated from the bench. It’s a form of the practice of judicial overreach."
“When the Supreme Court does something as outrageous as what it did last week, what it has done is create law out of thin air,” Huckabee said. “There’s nothing in the Constitution that gives it the authority to define marriage, and that’s what they did.”
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