That former presidential candidate and Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is not happy with the Supreme Court’s vote on same-sex marriage is expected. Nevertheless, it is interesting that Huckabee tags the Supreme Court as “extremist.” Let’s remember, this is a court that leans to the right and none other than Justice Antonin Scalia helped KO California’s Proposition 8. “Extremist” is a loose word coming from Huckabee’s lips.
At the opening of his Fox News show, Huckabee gives a rant against same-sex marriage with the usual Biblical reasons not to support it. If he wants to take those proscriptions literally, then he should have rested while campaigning for president instead of jumping on the Sunday political talk shows.
Huckabee notes that same-sex marriage is against “natural law” as well. Natural law is supposed to derive itself from nature. Outside of humans, there aren’t any other creatures that marry. There isn’t a reason for any animal to marry either since that is a legal status and ants and birds haven’t taken to passing laws yet. If Huckabee thinks that the animal kingdom doesn’t have its share of homosexual behavior, then he needs to watch more nature shows.
Huckabee also gives a distorted interpretation of history too. He claims that same-sex marriage is “newer than Google or the iPod.” That might be true with modern same-sex marriages. The Netherlands approved same-sex marriage in 2001 and the iPod came out that year. However, there have been same-sex marriages, or at least marriage-like ceremonies going back to the Romans and ancient China. If Huckabee wants to use the Bible as a historical document, then he needs to accept the rest of human history that didn’t make it into there.
Then there is this comment from Huckabee, which follows his declaration that he is not a “homophobe” or a “hater.”
“If we’re determined to change the definition of marriage to accommodate how people feel and what they wish to do because of their mutual consent, then we should immediately release those incarcerated for practicing polygamy or bigamy. And, frankly, let’s make all consensual adult behaviors legal, whether prostitution, assisted suicide, or even drinking 16 ounce sodas in New York City.”
Wait. Is there something wrong with legalizing “consensual adult behaviors?” Huckabee acts like there is wide acceptance that some consensual behavior should be outlawed. Perhaps he is right. No person can give up his or her rights and become a slave, imprisoned or tortured and not be able to regain those rights. However, that is the extreme of the extremes. Prostitution, assisted suicide, or even gambling are consensual choices. There should be regulations to limit abuses, but these are human acts that people have been engaged in since the dawn of civilization or before. Laws haven’t been very effective against them for the last 8,000 years so maybe it is time for a different approach. But there are people like Huckabee who believe that what two or more people want to do with their lives require moral approval from society at large.
There might be a problem regarding the consensual drinking of 16-ounce sodas though. The only way this can be consensual is if two people are sharing the same cup. However, that isn’t what Huckabee is joking about. He is making fun at Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s efforts to ban large sodas in New York City. Unfortunately for Huckabee’s reasoning, consensual requires at least two people for a mutual agreement. A soda cannot give its consent.
Huckabee and his allies prefer to make comparisons like that though. One of their favorite is that legalizing same-sex marriage will lead to people marrying animals. Like a 16-ounce soda, an animal cannot give its consent.
This is where the arguments against same-sex marriage always revolve: selective Bible quotes, inaccurate history, inaccurate observations about nature and a complete lack of understanding about what consensual means.