Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee told an Iowa crowd, "I'm not homophobic," Tuesday, and worries more about being "on the right side of the Bible" more than the right side of history.
"I’m not against anybody. I’m really not. I’m not a hater. I’m not homophobic. I honestly don’t care what people do personally in their individual lives," he told the Iowa Freedom and Faith Coalition, Politico reports
"When people say, 'Why don’t you just kind of get on the right side of history?' I said, 'You’ve got to understand, this for me is not about the right side or the wrong side of history, this is the right side of the Bible, and unless God rewrites it, edits it, sends it down with his signature on it, it’s not my book to change.' Folks, that's why I stand where I stand," he said reiterating his opposition to same-sex marriage.
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Huckabee made a bid for the presidency in 2008, and many speculate he is gearing up for another run in 2016 with appearances in the important caucus states of Iowa and New Hampshire.
The Huffington Post points out
that Huckabee is consistent with his language regarding the subject, having said on his Fox News talk show in July 2013 he is not a "homophobe nor a hater." Back then, he condemned the Supreme Court for its rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8.
"If we’re determined to change the definition of marriage to accommodate how people feel and what they wish to do because of their mutual consent, then we should immediately release those incarcerated for practicing polygamy or bigamy," Huckabee said on his show. "And, frankly, let’s make all consensual adult behaviors legal, whether prostitution, assisted suicide, or even drinking 16 ounce sodas in New York City."
At the Iowa event, Huckabee again brought up the Supreme Court, expressing his disappointment that the justices refused to take up the case of a New Mexico photographer who declined to shoot the commitment ceremony of two women. Because of New Mexico's public accommodations laws, the photographer was fined over $6,000. By not taking the case, the Supreme Court let the rulings and fines of the lower courts stand.
"Why is it that Christians stand back and take it in the teeth time and time and time again? But we cannot change this country if we do not rise up and vote with an informed mind and a committed spirit and if we're not willing to stand along," he said, receiving applause from the crowd.
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