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Mike Huckabee says gay relationships have “ick factor;” credits gay marriage ”militants” for term

One afternoon in Jerusalem, while Huckabee was eating a chocolate croissant in the lounge of the Crowne Plaza Hotel, I asked him to explain his rationale for opposing gay rights. “I do believe that God created male and female and intended for marriage to be the relationship of the two opposite sexes,” he said. “Male and female are biologically compatible to have a relationship. We can get into the ick factor, but the fact is two men in a relationship, two women in a relationship, biologically, that doesn’t work the same.”

Arial Levy relaying his conversation with Mike Huckabee, a socially conservative talk show host and failed Presidential candidate, for the New Yorker. In the article, the author quotes Huckabee stating that the definition of marriage has never changed, and then correctly identifies areas where religious and legal definitions of marriage have in fact changed. (New Yorker)


”Ick is being fired from a job, being the victim of a hate crime or being bullied at school simply because you are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender,” Sainz added. “And ick is certainly an appropriate way to describe Mr. Huckabee’s mind going to sex when all that we are asking for is our equality. Ick indeed.”

Fred Sainz of HRC responding to reports of Mike Huckabee‘s latest anti-gay comments. (Politico)


”Never once did I say ‘icky’, as many blogs and less than credible news organizations have reported.”… ”It was not an indication of personal aversion, but rather a reference to an established phrase used mostly from same-sex marriage advocates and militants – not one I created.”

Mike Huckabee trying to defend himself against his own stupidity yet again. Just two months ago he was caught in a lie. Speaking with a college news reporter, Huckabee likened gay people to drug users and pedophiles; and alleged gays wanted to raise children like “puppies.” He claimed at that time that his comments were taken out of context, but a recording of the interview proved he said exactly what had been reported. (Politico)

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