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Mike Huckabee: As a Christian, I Can't Just 'Evolve' on Gay Marriage

By    |   Sunday, 01 February 2015 11:03 AM

Former Arkansas governor and recently retired Fox News host Mike Huckabee said he hasn't changed his personal convictions against same-sex marriage, but added there is room in the party's big tent for those who do support it.

Appearing Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union," Huckabee said he has many gay friends, and he has no problem getting along with them.

"The very fact that I talk about the relationships I have with friends who are gay indicate that I’m not a person who shuts out everyone around me who disagrees with me," he said.

His most interesting conversations are with people he doesn't agree with, Huckabee said.

But he said he draws the line with people who try to shut down businesses that refuse to make wedding cakes or flower arrangements for same-sex weddings because of religious beliefs, he said.

"They don't want to argue with me, maybe take a different point of view. They want to close someone's business down, put them really in an economic position of disenfranchisement," he said.

He noted that President Barack Obama as a candidate in 2008 held the same view on gay marriage as he does. During the 2012 election, Obama said his views had "evolved" and he now favors legalizing same-sex marriage.

Huckabee, an ordained Baptist minister, said that won't happen with him.

"As a Biblical issue, unless I get a new version of the Scriptures, it's really not my place to say, OK, I'm just gonna evolve," he said. "It's like asking somebody who is Jewish to start serving bacon-wrapped shrimp in their deli."

Huckabee came in third among likely Republican 2016 White House contenders in a new Des Moines Register poll behind Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.

Huckabee noted that when he first ran eight years ago, "I was an asterisk if I even got mentioned in a poll," so he has made significant progress.

"It's a little early to take too much into it," he said, but admitted, "if I were at the top of the poll I'd tell you this is very significant."

He said the belief that the majority of his support in '08 came from evangelical Christians isn't entirely true. A lot also came from people who feel they were in the bottom of the economic pool, he said.

Working class voters saw how we could change.

"I don't see myself as a one-dimensional candidate, just with values voters," he said.

Huckabee also opposes party bickering in the crowded GOP field.

"I don't see how we help ourselves when we have fratricide within the conservative movement, and more specifically, within the Republican Party," he said.

"I look at other Republicans as people on the same team, and we're all vying for the job of being quarterback, he said. "If I want to be the quarterback of the team I've got to play the best game on the field. I don't become quarterback by taking a baseball bat to the kneecaps of everybody else who wants to be quarterback."

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