WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Mike Huckabee warns that same-sex marriage will lead to the “criminalization of Christianity.”
Huckabee made the comment during a conference call organized by the Family Research Council last week.
“Christian convictions are under attack as never before. Not just in our lifetime, but ever before in the history of this great nation. We are moving rapidly towards the criminalization of Christianity,” Huckabee said, according to audio obtained by Right Wing Watch.
The former Arkansas governor told pastors on the conference call that God is against gay marriage and that it’s only a “small minority pushing this agenda.”
“If the courts rule that people have a civil right not only to be a homosexual but a civil right to have a homosexual marriage, then a homosexual couple coming to a pastor who believes in biblical marriage who says ‘I can’t perform that wedding’ will now be breaking the law,” Huckabee said, according to Right Wing Watch. “It’s not just staying, ‘I’m sorry you have a preference.’ No, you will be breaking the law subject to civil for sure and possible criminal penalties for violating the law. … If you do practice biblical convictions and you carry them out and you what you’ve been led by the spirit of God to do, your behavior will be criminal.
“God help us all,” Huckabee told the pastors.
Huckabee said earlier this month he will make an announcement on May 5 whether or not he’s running for president.
Huckabee’s comments came several days before Tuesday’s same-sex marriage case before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Tuesday’s arguments offered the first public indication of where the justices stand in the dispute over whether states can continue defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman, or whether the Constitution gives gay and lesbian couples the right to marry. In the court’s last look at same-sex marriage in 2013, the justices struck down part of the federal anti-gay marriage law. Federal courts with few exceptions have relied on Kennedy’s opinion in that case to invalidate gay marriage bans in state after state.
The court divided 5-4 in that case, with the liberals joining Justice Anthony Kennedy in the majority. Their questions on Tuesday suggested they would vote to extend same-sex marriage nationwide, while conservative justices’ questions and comments were much more skeptical.
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