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Huckabee: Being Gay a Lifestyle Like Drinking, Cursing

He does not agree with any of the 3
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2015 11:17 AM CST
Huckabee: Being Gay a Lifestyle Like Drinking, Cursing
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks during the Freedom Summit, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

(Newser) – As Mike Huckabee feels out a 2016 presidential campaign, he's evidently not suddenly going after the gay vote: The former governor of Arkansas tells CNN today that, as a Christian, asking him to accept gay marriage is akin to "asking someone who's Jewish to start serving bacon-wrapped shrimp in their deli." He adds that while he has friends who are gay and that he doesn't shut people "out of my life because they have a different point of view," he likens homosexuality to a lifestyle choice, like swearing or drinking. "I don't drink alcohol, but gosh—a lot of my friends, maybe most of them, do. You know, I don't use profanity, but believe me, I've got a lot of friends who do. Some people really like classical music and ballet and opera—it's not my cup of tea."

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And don't look for Huckabee to undergo President Obama's famous "evolution" on the issue: "This is not just a political issue. It is a biblical issue. And 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 going to evolve." He continues: "We're so sensitive to make sure we don't offend certain religions, but then we act like Christians can't have the convictions that they've had for 2,000 years." (Huckabee recently dinged the Obamas for letting their kids listen to Beyonce, whose dancing is "best left for the privacy of her bedroom.")

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