Former Arkansas governor and GOP Presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee has compared the US to Sodom and Gomorrah following the US Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage.
He made the comments whilst attending a Georgia Church’s Independence Day celebrations, reports Right Wing Watch.
‘God had to bless America or we would not exist … But will God continue to bless America without our repentance,’ he asked.
‘1975, the wife of evangelist Billy Graham said that “if God does not bring his judgment upon this land, He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah,’ he continued.
‘She said that 40 years ago. What would she say today if she was still alive? When the Supreme Court just two weeks ago, or as I call them, the Extreme Court, made the most radical decision when it comes to the definition of marriage, it truly was a remarkable day in which they did not vote for equality of something, they voted for the redefinition of something.’
He went on to criticize President Obama for changing his stance on same-sex marriage and becoming the ‘chief cheerleader for same-sex marriage in this country.’
‘If you say that your convictions are based on Scripture and then later you have a completely different point of view, one of three things happened: You were lying when you first said it; you’re lying when you changed your mind; or God re-wrote the Scriptures and you’re the only one who got the new copy,’ he said.
He went on to say that the Supreme Court ‘is not the Supreme Being’, and that ‘the courts of man can no more suspend the definition and law of marriage than it could suspend the law of gravity.’
Huckabee has long been a vocal opponent of LGBTI rights, and same-sex marriage in particular, which he has previously compared to polygamy and bigamy.
This week, he also took to Facebook to attack what he believed were attempts by LGBTI campaigners to further lobby for religious institutions to adopt same-sex marriage.
‘Religious liberty is under attack by an unconstitutional, out-of-control Supreme Court. The next battle we face: The IRS attack on churches,’ he posted 8 July.
‘I refuse to sit silently as liberal activists use the power of the IRS and the tax code to intimidate, discriminate, and abuse churches that refuse to surrender on same-sex marriage.
‘Activists are already demanding that churches, religious schools, and faith-based institutions that refuse to change their doctrines on marriage should be forced to pay taxes as a penalty. This is not a conspiracy, it’s a real threat.’
‘Mike Huckabee is starting to show a little strain, given the record support for marriage equality among the public and a supreme court decision recognizing that LGBT Americans have the same right to get married as everyone else,’ said Human Rights Campaign‘s Brandon Lorenz.
‘Huckabee’s dire warnings of destruction are completely at odds not only with a campaign that he launched in a town called Hope, but in a country where nearly half the population knows an LGBT couple that’s gotten married or is in a committed relationship.’