Mike Huckabee Combines Stupidity With Bigotry In Reaction To Marriage Equality Decision
“I will not acquiesce to an imperial court any more than our Founders acquiesced to an imperial British monarch,” Huckabee said.
What Huckabee could not say was what exactly the Obgerfell v. Hodges decision would force him to acquiesce to.
The Supreme Court decision doesn’t require anybody to do anything except to stop discriminating against other people. The decision doesn’t require heterosexuals to get married to homosexuals. It doesn’t require heterosexual marriages to break up. It doesn’t even require bigoted priests to show some humanity and officiate at same-sex wedding ceremonies.
All that today’s Supreme Court decision requires is for state and local government officials in the minority of states that still have failed to pass marriage equality laws to stop denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Mike Huckabee couldn’t acquiesce to the Obgerfell v. Hodges decision if he wanted to. Really, how exactly does Huckabee expect to demonstrate his refusal to acquiesce – by stubbornly closing his eyes whenever someone he thinks might be gay enters the room?
Huckabee calls the Obgerfell v. Hodges decision “tyranny”, but tyranny is a condition of government under which people suffer terribly under rulers who refuse to recognize their right to live in freedom. Where is the suffering resulting from the Supreme Court decision? Where is the loss of freedom?
As I write this, I am sitting at a restaurant in Chicago’s Ohare airport. There are hundreds of people sitting next to me, or walking by. I don’t see in agony. It’s a perfectly peaceful and ordinary scene.
Look over there: It’s two men sitting at a table together. Maybe they’re gay, maybe they’re just traveling together. They don’t look upset.
I see two heterosexual couples – maybe romantically linked, maybe just friends – who are eating their lunches without sobbing, or shrieking in agony.
Oh, but then there’s that man, eating alone. Did his wife just leave him, because she heard that she can finally get married to her lesbian lover? It doesn’t seem so. He isn’t giving any signs of emotional suffering. He’s probably just traveling alone. Besides, if he really did have a marriage that was held together only by a state-level prohibition of lesbian weddings, you couldn’t really blame the Supreme Court for the breakup of his marriage, could you?
No one is suffering. Freedom in the USA has been increased today, not decreased. No tyranny has resulted from the Obgerfell v. Hodges decision. Mike Huckabee is just plain wrong when he claims that it has.
Huckabee is also showing astonishing stupidity by suggesting that his persistence in trying to deprive gays and lesbians of equality in the United States is morally equivalent to the American Revolution. In 1776, Americans were not fighting to preserve injustice and inequality. The British monarchy was not trying to impose new liberties upon the American colonies. It was the other way around.
If there is any historical parallel between Mike Huckabee’s homophobic tirades and the events of 1776, it would have to place Huckabee on the side of the redcoats, not the American patriots. Huckabee is trying to squash back the progress of American freedom. He’s decided that people who aren’t like him don’t deserve equality under the law.
We should be grateful that the Constitution has other ideas, and prohibits inequality under the law in the Fourteenth Amendment, saying that no state government has the power to “deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
Mike Huckabee isn’t just on the wrong side of history. He lacks the basic intelligence to distinguish history from his small-minded fantasies of right wing Christian theocracy.