In light of its muted reaction to this week’s advances in marriage equality, the Republican Party is no longer antigay enough to suit former presidential aspirant Mike Huckabee, who now claims he’ll quit the party.
“I am utterly exasperated with Republicans and the so-called leadership of the Republicans who have abdicated on this issue,” Huckabee said Tuesday in an interview on American Family Radio’s Today’s Issues program. American Family Radio is affiliated with the virulently antigay American Family Association, deemed an anti-LGBT hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Few national Republican leaders have had much to say about Monday’s action by the U.S. Supreme Court, which declined to review decisions from three federal appeals court circuits that found bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. Because of that, the appeals court rulings stand, bringing marriage equality to the states directly involved in the cases, and in all likelihood to other states within those circuits.
The general Republican silence may be due to the fact that opposing marriage equality has become a political liability, although the party chair yesterday voiced support for some of the most extreme antigay activists in the nation.
However, in the interview Huckabee said the party’s reticence will “guarantee they’re going to lose every election in the future.” The Republicans will also “lose guys like me and a whole bunch of still God-fearing, Bible-believing people,” said Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor who’s now a Fox News host.
“I’m gone,” he added. “I’ll become an independent. I’ll start finding people that have guts to stand. I’m tired of this.”
Also from the American Family Association comes a new column from leading homophobe Bryan Fischer, the group’s director of issue analysis, likening Monday’s Supreme Court move to perhaps the most infamous decision in the court’s history — the 1857 ruling upholding slavery in the Dred Scott case.
“The Court duplicated its wrongheaded and grossly immoral Dred Scott ruling yesterday by imposing same-sex marriage on the entire country. This is tyranny,” Fischer writes. “The Court was wrong in 1857 and it was wrong [Monday]. It was wrong on slavery and it is wrong on sodomy. … By the time this Court has finished working its mischief, all 50 states will be bludgeoned into recognizing the infamous crime against nature as a basis for marriage. This is a monstrous evil.”
If you dare, you can read Fischer’s full column here, and watch a clip of Huckabee’s interview below, courtesy of Right Wing Watch.