Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas and possible 2016 candidate for the White House, claims US business is controlled by the ‘militant gay community.’
The Republican was a guest today (4 April) on CNN defending religious freedoms laws, like the one amended in Indiana late last week.
He rejected any comparison with the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.
‘I think it’s a false parallel. There is no one suggesting he’s going to be turned away because of sexual preference,’ the governor explained.
Instead, he described the entire debate as an argument over artistic freedom.
When asked to explain why companies like Apple and Walmart were opposed to such laws, the Republican argued they were responding to outside influences.
“The reason that those corporations put the pressure on Indiana and Arkansas was because the militant gay community put the pressure on them.”
Huckabee then pointed to the human rights records of China and Saudi Arabia, insisting there was little connection between those counties and Christians who don’t want LGBTI customers.
Late last year, Huckabee made a speech in Germany where he claimed marriage equality is a threat to ‘the foundation of our society and culture.’
‘ … When we tinker with its definition and we decide that it can mean anything we wish for it to mean and that rather than to take a biblical perspective we will take a very human one and we will base marriage on human experience and desire as opposed to biblical standard.
‘I fear that we will pay the consequences for having upended the very foundation which is the essence of how a civilization survives. So the soul of America is in real trouble.’
Below is a video of the interview. H/T Mediate: