Huckabee speaks on gay marriageBy HANNAH OWENS
Possible Republican candidate for the 2012 Presidential election Mike Huckabee recently voiced his opinion, at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, N.J., over the heated topic of lesbian and gay marriage being allowed in the United States. He compared allowing gays and lesbians to be able to marry each other to legalizing incest, polygamy and drug use. While his opinion and word choice may rub some people the wrong way, it is nothing Americans haven’t heard before.
Arguments always arise that the United States is a free country and that people have the right to choose who they want to love and spend the rest of their life with. However, Huckabee adds that not every individual’s or particular group’s opinions and beliefs will be accommodated, especially when their lifestyle is outside of the “ideal” or belief that this country considers to be the norm. Gays and lesbians are not the only people who lack certain advantages in the United States. Politicians are not pushing forward to the legal use of particular drugs, so why push for gay marriage? This is Huckabee’s question.
According to the interview, Huckabee said, “That would be like saying, well there are a lot of people who like to use drugs, so let’s go ahead and accommodate those who want to use drugs. There are some people who believe in incest, so we should accommodate them? There are people who believe in polygamy, should we accommodate them?” He later pointed out that if we had the right to say that two men or two women were okay to marry, what’s stopping us from saying one man and two women have the right to be married? As blunt as these statement are, many people and politicians, like the former Arkansas governor, feel the exact same way. If we give this particular freedom of choice to those of the gay and lesbian community, then what else are we willing to sacrifice?
Gay marriage isn’t the only matter he speaks openly about concerning the gay community. He also feels that gay couples should not be allowed to adopt children saying, “Children are not puppies.” He has also supported policies in Arkansas where gay couples could not be foster parents. Many American citizens may disagree with Mike Huckabee’s opinion on gay marriage. He still feels as if he has nothing to prove, and that those who want to argue against him are those who need to prove something, both to him and to others in this society who believe that marriage should be with a man and woman. Huckabee wants others to point out the ways that a marriage between two men can be equal and have the same type of commitment as to a marriage between a man and a woman.
Huckabee doesn’t bring religious factors into this particular speech, which apparently he once wrote concerning gays in the military, saying “I feel homosexuality is an aberrant, unnatural and sinful lifestyle.” Saying that this is sinful is the only representation of the Bible and God’s view on this matter. If I were Huckabee, I would have brought more religious representation for support of his views. He could have inserted the Bible verse from Leviticus 20:13 stating, “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind, it is abomination. Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things.” If religion was brought more into his argument, I believe people would have understood his views more and how he obtained them, also opening up more minds that may not have a stance on this matter, convincing them to lean towards his opinion. Either way you stand, Huckabee’s opinions are supported by numerous people, and this possible candidate for presidency brings up many good arguments that he believes cannot be refuted.
“Children are not puppies”: The Wisdom of Mike HuckabeeBy TIMOTHY BURGESS
Former Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee opened his mouth last week, and was, I assume, startled to find he nearly swallowed his own foot. When asked about allowing homosexual couples to marry, Huckabee said “That would be like saying, well there are a lot of people who like to use drugs, so let’s go ahead and accommodate those who want to use drugs. There are some people who believe in incest, so we should accommodate them? There are people who believe in polygamy, should we accommodate them?” Huckabee went on to say that gay rights activists“have to prove that two men can have an equally definable relationship called marriage, and somehow that that can mean the same thing.” And in an especially eloquent moment, he said that homosexual couples shouldn’t be allowed to adopt because “Children are not puppies.”
Now, this is America, we’ve built ourselves up on this lovely myth about freedom and equality. We put “the pursuit of happiness” right up there with “life” and “liberty.” So why on Earth do we spend so much time trying to tell other people what they can and can’t do? I understand, he’s a former minister and conservative Christian and he feels that gay marriage is morally wrong because he feels that homosexuality is morally wrong. And there’s really nothing anyone can do to budge that, because I feel as if the Bible probably advises that homosexuals be stoned to death, and sadly there seem to be plenty of Christians who would be happy to carry that out. But have you actually read all the long list of (often times, totally ridiculous) things the Bible says you should or shouldn’t do?
Sons that don’t listen to and obey their parents are also supposed to be stoned to death, but do modern Christians decry the immorality of children who don’t listen to their parents? Women who are raped in a city and don’t yell loud enough to get help? Also stoned to death, but I feel like modern Christians don’t want to deny rights to rape victims. And if your wife isn’t a virgin on your wedding night, the Bible also prescribes stoning to death (sorry ladies). Because honestly, what problem in life can’t be solved by stoning someone to death? I feel like maybe there was a bit in the New Testament, with Jesus, where he says “Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone.” Which, along with helping to do away with a lot of that Old Testament, stoning-people-to-death craziness, also expresses a very lovely sentiment. Essentially, unless you’re sure you’re perfect, don’t be so quick to condemn others. It’s advice that the Bible gives quite a bit. But it’s one of those bits we seem to ignore.
Beyond the whole picking and choosing which religious dogma to care about in modern times and which issue is fine to ignore, is the fact that if marriage is so sacred and such a fundamental part of American culture, why on Earth are divorce rates so high? Why should homosexuals have to prove to anyone that their relationship is valid? Do we ask teenagers and college students who rush into getting married for proof that their relationship is legitimate? Do we ask people who have been divorced multiple times and who want to get married again to somehow prove that this time that their relationship is going to be this wonderful, Christian ideal of marriage, and not just another disaster? I think that two individuals who love each other and are willing to be devoted and sacrifice and do all the things that it takes to make a lifetime-long commitment work, have the idea of marriage right.
I think that two men, or two women, who have a relationship like that, have more right to be married, than many heterosexual couples who obviously aren’t living up to any kind of sacred ideal of marriage either. And more importantly, I think that since this is America, and my rights and opinions only extend as far as they can go without infringing on anyone else’s, that what I think, and what Mike Huckabee thinks, shouldn’t matter. We should all be a little less concerned with policing the actions of our neighbors and fellow citizens.
Huckabee, like all Americans, has the right to voice his opinion and I support him in choosing to do so. But it would be nice if we could keep the discourse civil and focus on the real issues at hand and not stoop to using rhetorical appeals to some moral high ground that he seems to think that he resides on. I think that what he said deviates a good deal from a wellthought out, meaningful opinion on an issue and is more along the lines of “hate speech.” I don’t think anyone expects Mr. Huckabee to apologize or even be more considerate in the future, but I think we can all agree that it certainly would be nice if someday politicians stood for something meaningful and didn’t choose to resort to appealing to fear and hatred to succeed.