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Mike Huckabee - Presidential Candidate 2008

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Mike Huckabee

Mike Huckabee

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Mike Huckabee's Political Background:

Mike Huckabee is the Governor of Arkansas from 1996-2007. He is also an ordained Baptist minister. He is running for president as a pro-family, anti-abortion, and has stated a wife should graciously submit to her husband.

Employment Non-Discrimination:

Mike Huckabee opposes an Employment Non-Discrimination Act that protects gays, lesbians and transgender people from job discrimination.

Hate Crimes:

Mike Huckabee opposes hate crimes legislation that includes sexual orientation and gender identity. He has said he would not support adding sexual orientation to Arkansas' anti-discrimination laws

Gay Marriage:

Mike Huckabee opposes same-sex marriage and would push for federal legislation to make marriage between one man and one woman only. On his website he says, "I support and have always supported passage of a federal constitutional amendment that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman. As President, I will fight for passage of this amendment. My personal belief is that marriage is between one man and one woman, for life."

Civil Unions:

Mike Huckabee opposes civil unions. In an interview with GQ magazine he said, "Once the government says this relationship is in essence similar to or equal to a marriage—we’re not going to call it that, but that’s what it is—and you grant it the same basic rights as marriage, then you’ve effectively done it."[redefined marriage

"I have never supported civil unions, and I don't. I don't think it is something that is a good thing," Huckabee said in a November 2007 interview with Salon.com.

Gay and Lesbian Adoption:

Mike Huckabee is against gay adoption and gays and lesbians becoming foster parents.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell:

Mike Huckabee said he supports the current ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military. During a republican debate on CNN in June 2007 he said, "I don't think that I would (change the current policy.)"

More about Mike Huckabee:

From a profile in GQ magazine:
"Unlike most of the GOP field, he isn’t just trying to woo the religious right. He is the religious right—a former Baptist minister, a believer’s believer on abortion and gay marriage, a skeptic about evolution."

Mike Huckabee quotes:

"Our true strength doesn't come from our military or our gross national product, it comes from our families. What's the point of keeping the terrorists at bay in the Middle East if we can't keep decline and decadence at bay here at home?"

Mike Huckabee is the author of several books including:

  • From Hope to Higher Ground: 12 STOPs to Restoring America's Greatness (2007)
  • Quit Digging Your Grave With a Knife and Fork: A 12-Stop Program to End Bad Habits and Begin a Healthy Lifestyle (2005)
  • Living Beyond Your Lifetime: How to be Intentional About the Legacy You Leave (2000)
  • Kids Who Kill: Confronting Our Culture of Violence(co-authored, 1998)
  • Character is the Issue: How People With Integrity Can Revolutionize America (co-authored, 1997)

Sources: CBSnews.com, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, 365gaycom, G.Q., Salon.com

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