Mike Huckabee told Jon Stewart he never meant to imply you're going to hell if you vote for marriage equality. So that's good?
But during a challenging interview on The Daily Show, Huckabee also couldn't articulate whatever it was his election season advertisement about "eternity" was meant to imply.
The ad said "some issues are not negotiable" and that "marriage should be reinforced not redefined." Then it warned that "your vote will affect the future and be recorded in eternity." Voters in three states approved marriage equality laws in November — Washington, Maryland, and Maine — and Minnesotans refused to add a ban to their state's constitution.
Stewart was incredulous. "Are you saying that if you vote for the Democrats, you are going to hell?"
Huckabee repeatedly swore that wasn't his intended message. Instead, he said Christians would understand what he meant and offered this explanation:
"The point of all of this is it is a message to Christian believers saying to them that your vote can't be separated from your faith and all of our works are going to be tested as if by fire."
Stewart managed to get in a few lines defending gays and lesbians from the man who created Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.
Watch the video below, and then watch the ad in question to decide for yourself.