Conservative talker Bill Bennett interviewed Mike Huckabee on his radio show this morning. In the course of their interview, Huckabee falsely claimed that in approving Prop. 8, California did not “ban” or “prohibit” marriage equality, but rather simply affirmed the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman:
HUCKABEE: The very people who voted for Barack Obama in California…also voted to sustain traditional marriage. I refuse to use the term, “ban same-sex marriage.” That’s not what those efforts did. They affirmed what is. They did not prohibit something. They simply affirmed something that which has and forever has existed.
Actually, Prop 8 did eliminate the right for same-sex couples to get married, according to the actual measure that they voted on out there in the Golden State. The original language of the proposition was couched in legalese so it took a challenge from Attorney General Jerry Brown to get the state to write the title of the proposed amendment so that it actually stated the intention of the measure, but there it is: ELIMINATES RIGHT OF SAME-SEX COUPLES TO MARRY.
As for the voters affirming straight marriage as “something that which has and forever has existed,” I’d like to know what kind of marriage he’s talking about: biblical marriage where it was a man and as many wives as he could buy, or the business arrangement marriage between royals so that one king could trade off a daughter for a country — not to mention the interbreeding of most of the royal houses of Europe, or the tradition of banning marriage between people of different races, or the ever-growing tradition of marriages followed by divorces at a rate of about 50% with the majority of those broken homes being in the Bible Belt.
The only tradition that Mr. Huckabee seems to be affirming — “something that which has and forever has existed” — is fear and loathing of gays and lesbians.
(HT to PaultheSpud)