ABC News’ Huma Khan reports: In an unusual battlefront, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is embroiled in a heated war of words with a college newspaper after telling a student reporter that it is “disingenuous” to recognize gay marriage but not polygamy.
Huckabee told The Perspective, the College of New Jersey’s student magazine, that it’s not his place to tell someone how to live, but he argued against the legitimacy of civil unions.
“There’s a real level of being disingenuous on the part of the gay and lesbian community,” he said. "That would be like saying, well there's there are a lot of people who like to use drugs so let's go ahead and accommodate those who want to use drugs. There are some people who believe in incest, so we should accommodate them. There are people who believe in polygamy, should we accommodate them? ... Who gives you the right to say that a Polygamist is not just as right in his argument as is the person who wants same sex [marriage]?”
The former GOP presidential candidate also spoke out strongly against gay adoption.
“This is not about trying to create statements for people who want to change again the basic fundamental definitions of family,” he said. “Children are not puppies. This is not a time to see if we can experiment and find out how does this work?”
Huckabee isn’t new to such controversy. When running for the Senate in 1992, he wrote in a questionnaire for the Associated Press that homosexuality is “aberrant, unnatural, and sinful lifestyle.” He said that AIDS research was receiving too much money and that celebrities should pay for it rather than the federal government.
As governor, Huckabee supported a policy that kept same-sex couples from becoming foster parents.
Huckabee hasn’t been shy about his views on gay marriage, but he said the college newspaper “grossly distorted” them when it published the interview on April 9.
"The young college student hopefully will find a career other than journalism,” Huckabee wrote on his web site. “Not only did he attempt to sensationalize my well known and hardly unusual views of same-sex marriage, he also inaccurately reported my views on Michael Steele as GOP chairman - I offered my support and didn't ‘Rip into Steele’ as his article asserted.”
On whether the embattled RNC chairman should resign, Huckabee told the student reporter it’s up to RNC members, but that “It’s indefensible the way some of the money has been spent.”
Michael Tracy, editor-in-chief of The Perspective, defended the publication and blasted Huckabee for resorting to “ad hominem attacks.”
“Politicians in damage-control mode often stoop to attacking the media so they might avoid being accountable for the substance of their remarks,” Tracy wrote.
Do you think Huckabee’s statements were blown out of context? Here is an audio of parts of the interview posted by The Perspective: