On Sunday’s State of the Union, CNN’s Dana Bash struggled to comprehend just how a Christian man like Mike Huckabee can oppose same-sex marriage yet still have gay friends. In his new book, God, Guns, Grits, & Gravy, Huckabee writes about these friends. Bash asked, “How do you, kind of, square that religious conviction with being open to having gay friends?” Huckabee answered, “Well, people can be my friends who have lifestyles that are not necessarily my lifestyle.” He explained:
I don’t chuck people out of my circle, or out of my life, because they have a different point of view. 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.
Huckabee said he is more concerned about how the nation is handling differing opinions more so than questioning this supposed contradiction. “I would like to think that there’s room in America for people who have different points of views without screaming, shouting, and wanting to shut their businesses down,” Huckabee said. Yet as Huckabee explained, America has taken on a whole new form where simple disagreements have turned into vindictive actions:
What worries me in this new environment we’re in, it’s not just that someone might disagree. They don’t want to argue with me, even take a different point of view. They want to close someone’s business down, put them, really, in an economic position of disenfranchisement. I find that very, very disturbing.
Huckabee also took a moment to remind Bash that his position is exactly the same as the one Barack Obama held in 2008, when he said that marriage is between a man and a woman and that those beliefs in that sacred union are based on his Christian faith. By 2012, Obama’s views on same-sex marriage “evolved” after a statement by Vice President Joe Biden forced the president’s hand to make a final decision on the matter.