Appearing on ABC’s This Week, presidential aspirant Mike Huckabee said that the Supreme Court’s ruling affirming same-sex marriage may force Christians to practice Martin Luther King-like civil disobedience and that, if elected president, he would replace the rainbow lights shining on the White House with a nativity scene at Christmas time.
Huckabee drew attention to President Obama’s decision to light the White House with rainbow colors to celebrate the ruling, saying it was fine but for people not to complain when he becomes president.
“When the president lit up the White House the other night with rainbow colors, I guess that’s his prerogative.,” Huckabee said. “If I become president, I just want to remind people that please don’t complain if I were to put a nativity scene out during Christmas and say, you know, if it’s my house, I get to do with it what I wish despite what other people around the country may feel about it.”
Vehemently disagreeing with the Supreme Court ruling, Huckabee said he feared Christians will now face scorn for their enduring belief that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.
“May I ask, are we going to now discriminate against people of conscience, people of faith who may disagree with this ruling?” he suggested. “Are they going to be forced, either out of business, like the florist, the caterers, the photographers, like the CEO of Mozilla, who was run out of his job because of a personal contribution to support a proposition in California that actually won on the ballot?’
Pressed by host George Stephanopoulos, “So are you calling for civil disobedience?” Huckabee said Christians may have no choice.
“I don’t think a lot of pastors and Christian schools are going to have a choice. They either are going to follow God, their conscience and what they truly believe is what the scripture teaches them, or they will follow civil law,” he explained. “They will go the path of Dr. Martin Luther King, who in his brilliant essay the letters from a Birmingham jail reminded us, based on what St. Augustine said, that an unjust law is no law at all. And I do think that we’re going to see a lot of pastors who will have to make this tough decision.”
Earlier in the segment, Stephanopoulos interviewed Jim Obergefell, the plaintiff in the case that opened the doors for same sex marriage nationwide, and Obergfell had a message for Huckabee.
“Well, I would simply like to say, think about your brother, your son, your sister, your daughter, a dear friend. If one of them were gay, they would still be the same person. You would still love them. And wouldn’t you want them to enjoy the same rights that you do and that everyone else in this country does?” he said. “We’re simply asking to be treated equally and fairly and to enjoy the institution of marriage and to be able to commit to the ones we love.”
Watch video of Huckabee below, uploaded to YouTube by Les Grossman: