Anti-gay US Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has suggested he would ignore any supreme court rulings on same-sex marriage should he win the election in 2016.
When he announced he was running for president on 5 May, he stated: ’Many of our politicians have surrendered to the false god of judicial supremacy, which would allow black-robed and unelected judges the power to make law as well as enforce it.’
Explaining his position to Fox News on Sunday (24 May), Huckabee said: ’The supreme court is not the supreme branch, and for God’s sake it is not the supreme being. It is the supreme court.
‘It’s a matter of balance of power; if the supreme court could just make a ruling and everyone has to bow down and fall on their faces and worship that law, it isn’t a law because it hasn’t been yet passed, then what if the supreme court ruled that they were going to make the decision as to who would be the next president… and they’ll just pick a president?
‘We would say, “Well, they can’t do that.” Why can’t they do it? They can’t do it because it’s not in the law.’
Huckabee is staunchly against same-sex marriage, previously stating it would outlaw religious freedom, and liked asking Christians to accept it to ‘asking someone who’s Jewish to start serving bacon-wrapped shrimp in their deli.’
He has also signed a pledge along with several prominent conservative Christians to ignore any rulings the Supreme Court makes on same-sex marriage.
Huckabee has also defended anti-gay ’19 Kids and Counting’ star Josh Duggar regarding allegations of child molestation, saying in a statement on Facebook: ‘Josh’s actions when he was an underage teen are, as he described them himself, “inexcusable”, but that doesn’t mean “unforgivable”.’