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Listen: Rosie O'Donnell Takes on Mike Huckabee Over Gay Adoption

Mike Huckabee appeared on Rosie O'Donnell's Sirius radio show yesterday to respond to his remarks regarding gay parents, adoption, and foster parents. You may recall that Huckabee recently gave an interview to a paper at the College of New Jersey in which he insulted gays who want to parent, telling them "children are not puppies."

Huckabee O'Donnell asks Huckabee if his view of adoption precludes gay families.

Says Huckabee: "Well, you know Rosie, again, I think people have to make their own decision about what a family ought to look like and I’m not going to judge you or judge anybody else because I know there are so many loving people who are in same-sex relationships and they have adopted children and they love those kids. I’m not going to judge them. I’m simply not going there."

O'Donnell goes on to say: I haven't mentioned marriage once Mike. I'm mentioning that there are half a million kids in foster care in America. And 99% of them were raised by heterosexual parents. And if there are homosexual people that want to take in and love these discarded children that the state is not raising and taking care of, to have public officials deem homosexuals unworthy of parenting is disastrous for the nation, for equality, and for humanity, and Mike, for Christianity."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

(clip via wonk room)

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  1. Good. Rosie grew some balls.

    Posted by: New Jersey Girl | Apr 23, 2010 11:33:03 AM


  2. Oh, and Mick? You ARE and idiot. You ARE insane. Anyone who believes in sky fairies and a 6000 year old earth IS a complete MORON.

    Posted by: New Jersey Girl | Apr 23, 2010 11:36:41 AM


  3. Interesting how much he backpedals when really questioned about his statements. It is easy to be a bigot until confronted with logic.

    Posted by: Happily Married | Apr 23, 2010 11:39:06 AM


  4. I think what is most remarkable about interviews like these are the way politicians now walk on eggshells to try to be as respectful as possible, when you know deep down they do not want to be. This is not nearly enough recognized as progress. It isn't where we ultimately want to be, but ten years ago, someone like Mike Huckabee would never have engaged Rosie O'Donnell or tried his best to not disparage gay people (while ultimately doing just that). The fact they feel they can no longer bully us openly is a big deal. Good job Rosie for taking him on.

    Posted by: BD | Apr 23, 2010 11:45:30 AM


  5. Huckabee is a A-hole and yes-Insane.....

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Apr 23, 2010 11:47:11 AM


  6. Props to Rosie for taking him on. She did a fantastic job of putting the real arguments on the table and carried herself well. She has definitely redeemed herself in my eyes. The only shame is that most of her listening audience probably already agreed with her. Hopefully more news outlets pick up this discussion.

    Posted by: Mark | Apr 23, 2010 11:47:26 AM


  7. if he believes in the bible so strictly when was the last time he had a shrimp cocktail, lobster or even a good ham hock.
    he believes in what he wants and that suits his needs. selective interputation. christian my ass bigoted homophobe

    Posted by: walter | Apr 23, 2010 11:48:58 AM


  8. with debate skills like on this tape Rosie is nothing but an asset to our community...great job Rosie

    Posted by: Terry | Apr 23, 2010 12:12:48 PM


  9. I'm not gonna judge them, but I will let the state judge them.

    What an asshat--I am so glad he's moved to Florida. I hope his influence on Arkansas politics diminishes soon.

    Posted by: Academic2 | Apr 23, 2010 12:19:13 PM


  10. He tries to push a "let's agree to disagree" resolution to the conversation, but the fact is, that's completely incompatible with his actions. He isn't agreeing to disagree, he's actively working to push his ideals on those who do disagree.

    Posted by: TonsofT | Apr 23, 2010 12:19:32 PM


  11. Have you seen Mike Huckabees kids? HE would have been better off with puppies.

    Mike was a complete failure as a parent, and for him to judge others is the height of hypocrisy. Christians specialize in Hypocrisy, and selectively quoting their Bible to support their prejudices.

    Posted by: Jonathan | Apr 23, 2010 12:31:27 PM


  12. Huckabee is another cafeteria christian who selects verses and chapters from the Bible he chooses to believe and ignores the rest. He'll select only a portion of Leviticus dealing with "man shall not lay with man, etc" but I'll bet he wears blended fabrics and eats shell fish, etc. He and all wealthy people completely ignore Matthew 25: 31-46 and I'm sure he never sent his wife outside the village every 28 days or stoned his disobedient children. Sadly, these people are delusional and there is little hope of reasoning with them.

    Posted by: Bob R | Apr 23, 2010 12:59:12 PM


  13. Thanks Rosie!!!

    Posted by: Name: | Apr 23, 2010 1:59:08 PM


  14. People are homophobic in general. I hate to admit that, but for some reason they are. That's why they cherry pick through scriptures that are intended for a people on the lam that NEEDED breeders, that's why they said no jacking off, either. If it weren't the Bible, I am sadly convinced it would be something else.

    China is homophobic and they're communists, for chrissakes.

    Humans are so fundamentally flawed that it makes me sad sometimes.

    Posted by: Rin | Apr 23, 2010 2:13:20 PM


  15. It's too bad they didn't meet face-to-face. Huckabee could have gone over to Rosie's house and met her "puppy" Connor.

    I saw him on TV the other day. He's TALL for a 15yo. Looks like a good kid.

    Posted by: BobN | Apr 23, 2010 2:34:35 PM


  16. "People have to make their own decision..." on a ballot to ban adoption by gay people.

    Got it, Hucky, got it.

    Posted by: BobN | Apr 23, 2010 2:35:50 PM


  17. "I'm not going to judge you or judge anybody else". How were Huckabee's original comments on this subject not judging? I guess he's right -- he's not going to judge. He doesn't need to because he's done that already.

    Posted by: don | Apr 23, 2010 2:41:42 PM


  18. Check out what the Journalists who emailed him say..he's quick to throw them under the bus. Here's their defense:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/14/student-journalists-weigh_n_537206.html

    Posted by: Michael | Apr 23, 2010 2:49:50 PM


  19. This interview is one of many reasons why I love Rosie.

    Posted by: Rocco | Apr 23, 2010 3:03:47 PM


  20. Glad he's being taken to task over his idiotic and hateful remarks. He's such an evil person.

    Posted by: KFLO | Apr 23, 2010 3:52:51 PM


  21. Okay, so now we know that Mike Huckabee is opposed to forcibly removing adopted children from their gay parents. And we also know that Huckabee opposes any new adoptions by gay parents. We also now know that Mike Huckabee knows gay parents who have adopted children. Huckabee believes that those same gay parents love their children as much as heterosexual parents do. How do we know this? He said so. But if Mike's gay friends--the ones with the adopted children--wanted to adopt another child, he would be opposed to this. The bottom line is that Mike Huckabee will continue to work to prevent gay adoption. Who cares if he is being polite and non-judgemental. He still does not want any gay person to adopt a child and will work to prevent this.

    Posted by: dennis | Apr 23, 2010 4:41:49 PM


  22. Don't blame christianity for mike huckabee's bigotry! He's not a real christian.

    Posted by: TANK | Apr 23, 2010 4:46:54 PM


  23. and if all christians are cafeteria christians (which they are)...then mike huckabee's just another christian. You're bigoted against christians, BOB R! How dare you attribute bad behavior to christian beliefs...or any behavior to beliefs...beliefs have no connection to "reality"...ever...they don't cause behavior.

    Posted by: TANK | Apr 23, 2010 4:50:14 PM


  24. And because people are homophobic for a lot of reasons, religion can't be one of the biggest...that'd just be crazy talk...and bigoted!

    Posted by: TANK | Apr 23, 2010 4:52:16 PM


  25. "...there are people who think that I'm an idiot, that I'm insane..."
    Yes, there are!

    Posted by: Michael | Apr 23, 2010 4:56:58 PM


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