April 8th, 2014
09:43 PM ET
4 months ago

Mike Huckabee: Not 'homophobic' but on the 'right side of the Bible'

(CNN) - Mike Huckabee told an Iowa crowd on Tuesday that he’s "not homophobic," but believing marriage should be between one man and one woman is being “on the right side of the Bible.”

Huckabee, who is also a pastor, told a conservative crowd, "I'm not against anybody. I'm really not. I'm not a hater. I'm not homophobic."

"I honestly don't care what people do personally in their individual lives," Huckabee said in his keynote address to the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition.

"But...when people say, 'Why don't you just kind of get on the right side of history?' I said, 'You've got to understand, this for me is not about the right side or the wrong side of history, this is the right side of the Bible, and unless God rewrites it, edits it, sends it down with his signature on it, it's not my book to change.' Folks, that's why I stand where I stand."

Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas and 2008 Iowa presidential caucus winner, is considering another bid for the White House. Throughout his speech, he highlighted his socially conservative values, slamming big government and referring to the IRS as a "criminal enterprise."

"Look, I'm not trying to be some whacko way out there, I'm talking about the basic, most fundamental rights we have as an American citizen and while those rights are being stripped from us by the IRS, the NSA and the TSA," he said.

Huckabee went on to refer to a review, rejected Monday by the Supreme Court, of a closely watched religious liberty appeal over a business owner's right to deny services to gays and lesbians. The justices denied the petition of a New Mexico photographer who was sanctioned under state law for refusing to document a lesbian couple's commitment ceremony. The court's refusal to intervene means those financial penalties stand.

"Why is it that Christians stand back and take it in the teeth time and time and time again? But we cannot change this country if we do not rise up and vote with an informed mind and a committed spirit and if we're not willing to stand along."

Huckabee makes the rounds in Iowa

Tuesday's event is the largest annual fundraiser for the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition, which is very influential with socially conservative voters in the Hawkeye State.

Huckabee has been stoking speculation that he might jump into the 2016 race after sitting out the last cycle, with trips to the politically important early caucus or primary states such as Iowa and New Hampshire.

CNN's Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2016 • Iowa • Mike Huckabee • Same-sex marriage
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. rs

    If your beliefs are Bible-based, why do you and your party hate the poor, Pastor?

    April 8, 2014 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  2. steve

    another washed up huckster trying to start over again in Iowa

    April 8, 2014 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  3. Kuron

    What this guy doesn't get is that our country is founded on the principles of freedom of religion. His religious beliefs infringe on other people's rights. How would he like it if we had a group of Muslims that decided port should not be sold in the United States?

    April 8, 2014 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  4. larry trasciatti

    There's no such thing as homophobia, hate crimes, etc anyway. These are all made.up neologisms that serve the sole express purpose of controlling people. Liberalism & homosexuality are both sick perverted conceptts

    April 8, 2014 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  5. Matty C

    Huck Translation: I hate gay people, they are immoral

    April 8, 2014 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  6. TCP/IP

    Bible +talking snake = Huckabee ?

    April 8, 2014 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  7. YUCK

    How about if this guy keeps his faith to him self and by his deeds he shall be justified, if he's doing a good work or bad work.after all, a true Christian always tells the truth."alot said makes things weak."

    April 8, 2014 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  8. yolanda

    Sorry Mike, if you dare to differ from those demanding acceptance on their terms, you are bigoted, homophobic, deserving of whatever happens to you, and probably (shudder) a believer in Baby Jesus and an honest day's work. Additionally, you were undoubtedly never taught good table manners and have yet to learn that overweight lesbians do not want the door held open for them. Typical Repukelikan/Teasniffer.

    April 8, 2014 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  9. HRC16

    Perhaps Mr. Huckabee should look at the left side of the Bible; you know judge not, lest you be judged. Or the part where Jesus says what you do for the least of these you do for me. Why do conservatives have such a hard time caring about other people?

    April 8, 2014 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  10. sammy750

    He believes it is ok for the man to stray and have affairs on the side too. This is part of the Christian way of life.

    April 8, 2014 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  11. S. B. Stein

    The problem is that you may have think you have the better or more correct ideas, but that doesn't give you the right to impose your ideas on everyone else?

    April 8, 2014 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  12. Pedro!

    This guy is so pure in heart stand for truth love or hate him.

    April 8, 2014 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  13. omeany

    Of course you are sweetie. However, not everyone belongs to your tribal religion and although the bible is a great record of man's interpretation of God through the ages it is not meant to be taken literally. We have fossils, our cars run on fossils, this is pretty much proof that the world in much older than you think and man was not formed perfect. If man was not perfect then there was no fall, no fall, no need for a saviour,

    Jesus was a great teacher but he did not die for our "sins", he died because he went against the norm and the religious leaders feared losing their flocks (and income). He did not rise from the dead and we are not going to see him return so stop peddling your nonsense.

    If you really love Jesus as you claim, then stop hating on the gay community and anyone else you don't want to accept and stop blaming it on God. Since you believe God created all of us, then he created gay people and meant for them to be gay. You can also apply this to any other social/political/ethnic group you have an issue with as it is just that...Your Issue!

    April 8, 2014 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  14. will never vote Republician again

    Separation of church and state!

    April 8, 2014 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  15. loyalright

    Huckabee is a man of standards, conviction, and values. Something that cannot be found in Washington.

    April 8, 2014 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  16. Chris-E...al

    Huck is right but most ppl in this nation has turn from the the word and the wrath of the one God awaits the masses no longer . He told us how to live and we would not have it . We wanted to try our ways and we did just one more last time . Huck is just a watch man do you have ears to hear ?. . . One nation under god ! its all gods he give it to you he will take it away . God is love . But he will get us if we dont give it back . And sometime we have to fight to get to love god . Read his word . if we dont fight for him he want for us .

    April 9, 2014 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  17. What's in that Tea Anyway?

    Great cross over appeal there "Huck" ...can't wait to see the GOP primaries in 2015...oh that's right, it won't be televised because its a sure loser if they bring all the deep thinker GOP candidates on stage onto a nationally televised debate. These guys are liable to speak their minds....Good thinking Rinse Freebus

    April 9, 2014 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  18. Norma jean

    I noticed this week that after his TV interview the comment writers were calling him ""UNCLE SUGAR".....Just kinda gets you doesn't it??????

    April 9, 2014 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  19. King Joffrey

    This quack will never win. Most moderate Christians won't even vote this guy in. Only the ultra conservative will. He's not a real contender

    April 9, 2014 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  20. just me

    Christians take it in the teeth time and time again? Not that I've noticed. But if so iit's probably cuz their mouths are always open. Gotta keep those hands up and that chin tucked, doncha know.

    April 9, 2014 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  21. Thomas

    Will "Chuck" Norris be accompanying Uncle Sugar ?

    "I'm not against anybody. I'm really not. I'm not a hater. I'm not homophobic."

    April 9, 2014 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  22. Jeff

    Well Done. Time has come for christians to stand up for who they are and what they believe in. For too long have we been sitting back and accepting what thrown at us.

    April 9, 2014 05:43 am at 5:43 am |
  23. Mike MacKinnon

    Once again bigots slur God by blaming hate falsely on "I'm a Christian." The bible never, ever says homosexuality is a sin or that gays cannot marry, and the verses homophobes like Huckabee pervert to claim otherwise were written, edited, translated (repeatedly) and selected by people, not God. God's law is treat others with love, Jim Crow laws denying equality to gay people violate this law. Bigotry is not Christian.

    April 9, 2014 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  24. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Keep talking Huckabee. Bring up Uncle Sugar and libido of women right up until November 4.

    April 9, 2014 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  25. Name jk. Sfl. THE KOCH BROTHERS GOP STOOGES PARTY NEEDS to be VOTED OUT IN NOVEMBER !!!!

    You and your religious FREEK party of stupid are all going down in November AND 2016 , you and your party ARE the GARBAGE AND SEWAGE of America , LOSER!!!!

    April 9, 2014 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
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