No one can doubt Huckabee’s profound and courageous commitment to the traditional (or Biblical) understanding of marriage, and he showed it in the hours and days after the Supreme Court’s narrow majority imposed gay marriage in all 50 states. From his statement:
This ruling is not about marriage equality, it’s about marriage redefinition. This irrational, unconstitutional rejection of the expressed will of the people in over 30 states will prove to be one of the court’s most disastrous decisions, and they have had many. The only outcome worse than this flawed, failed decision would be for the President and Congress, two co-equal branches of government, to surrender in the face of this out-of-control act of unconstitutional, judicial tyranny.
The Supreme Court can no more repeal the laws of nature and nature’s God on marriage than it can the law of gravity. Under our Constitution, the court cannot write a law, even though some cowardly politicians will wave the white flag and accept it without realizing that they are failing their sworn duty to reject abuses from the court. If accepted by Congress and this President, this decision will be a serious blow to religious liberty, which is the heart of the First Amendment.
Sitting down with George Stephanopoulos, Huckabee quickly turned the discussion to the threats to the livelihoods of gay marriage dissenters:
And, George, this case wasn’t so much about a matter of marriage equality, it was marriage redefinition. And I think people have to say, if you’re going to have a new celebration that we’re not going to discriminate, may I ask, are we going to now discriminate against people of conscience, people of faith who may disagree with this ruling. Are they going to be forced, either out of business, like the florist, the caterers, the photographers, like the CEO of Mozilla, who was run out of his job because of a personal contribution to support a proposition in California that actually won on the ballot.
Huckabee also went on “The Kelly File” and continues to seek out opportunities to express his powerful sense that judges do not have the right to redefine marriage.
Huckabee endorses a constitutional amendment defining marriage as one man and one woman, but, even better, by early July, he came up with three concrete steps he could take if elected to the White House, even without Congressional approval:
On Day One of my administration, I will use the power of the presidency to protect and defend people of all faiths in all fifty states.
First, I will sign religious liberty executive orders that support traditional marriage and protect businesses, churches, non-profits, schools and universities, hospitals, and other organizations from discrimination, intimidation, civil penalties, or criminal attacks for exercising their religious beliefs.
Huckabee is running a lean campaign without a lot of staff. Here’s hoping he looks at the First Amendment Defense Act in the near future.
You can see ThePulse2016.com’s full gay marriage report card here.
Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at American Principles in Action.