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GOP 2016 Hopefuls Punt on Alabama Gay Marriage Questions

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While Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore's pageantry plays out over the gay marriage fight in his state, Politico notes a number of likely GOP 2016 contenders are choosing to sit this one out.

When pressed on the fight in the Deep South state, where the chief justice has ordered county officials to ignore a federal court ruling permitting same-sex marriages, likely GOP 2016 contenders reached by POLITICO or interviewed elsewhere have largely tried to sidestep specifics.

Even some of the most conservative hopefuls prefer instead to talk more broadly about federalism and states’ rights, comments that come as the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether same-sex marriage is a constitutional right applicable nationwide.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s answer is a typical example: “The problem is, I just don’t know the details of what arguments they are using” in Alabama, he said, adding that while he has “always believed that marriage has always been defined by states and regulated by states and should continue to be,” he would respect the Supreme Court decision.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who is pushing a constitutional amendment to require that the federal government defer to the states on same-sex marriage, also avoided discussing the particulars of the Alabama case. “My view is that marriage is a question for the states,” he said.

CarsonPolitico adds the one notable exception was Dr. Ben Carson (right), who defended Moore's obstructionist efforts and said Moore "understands the importance of preserving states’ rights in the modern post-Civil War world in which we live."

The article also goes on to point out how other contenders like Jeb Bush, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, Scott Walker and Mike Huckabee are addressing the Alabama question and the wider issue of a likely future where nationwide marriage equality is the law of the land. 

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'Documentary' on Impending Criminalization of Christianity Features a Who's Who of Anti-gay GOP Loons: VIDEO

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Last week, we reported on an upcoming religious "documentary" titled Light Wins: How to Overcome the Criminalization of Christianity detailing the supposed persecution of Christians at the hands of the LGBT fight for equality.

In that first preview video released, we saw Mike Huckabee and Scott Lively spouting anti-gay bile. Now, Right Wing Watch has pointed to a second preview featuring a number of current GOP congressmen with piss poor track records on equality issues.

Featured in the new preview:

  • Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) - Compared gay rights advocates to Nazis and has expressed his concern that same-sex massages in the military will leave gay military service members "vulnerable to terrorism".
  • Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) - Claimed the Supreme Court's DOMA ruling was an attack on Jesus Christ and harmful to children. In 2013, he also reintroduced the Federal Marriage Amendment which would constitutionally ban same-sex marriage nationwide. 
  • Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) - In 2011 proposed impeaching Obama over the president's support for the repeal of DOMA. 
  • Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) - Called a federal judge's ruling overturning Kentucky's ban on gay marriage "illegitimate". He also landed in hot water in 2013 after linking gay marriage to polygamy and "non-human" marriage.  

Rather than sum up the jaw-dropping statements made in the second preview of this sham film, it might be best if you just check it out yourself AFTER THE JUMP...

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Mike Huckabee Says Anti-LGBT 'Hate Groups' Speak the Truth, Compares Gay Marriage to Nazism: VIDEO

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For being such a devout Christian, Mike Huckabee isn't on very firm ground with the commandment against lying. In a public speaking appearance, Huckabee gets riled up about how people who speak "too freely" and come from the "perspective of faith" are accused of hate speech...conveniently leaving out that the people who are accused of hate speech typically aren't simple god-fearing devout followers of the Bible being condemned for their faith, but rather are nasty people spewing, well, hate.

Continuing the story of maligned religious groups, the "craziest thing" he's ever heard is how some of the Christian groups he knows are actually labeled as hate groups. He doesn't name names, conspicuously enough, but some educated guesses can be made. Contrary to Huckabee's lie that they were labeled hate groups because "they said something someone disagreed with", they're actually labeled hate groups because:

Huckabee then goes full-Godwin by comparing the evil of the Nazis in the Holocaust who rounded up and exterminated legions of Jews for their faith by lying to them to the "lie" that the definition of marriage can include same-sex couples and the government is destroying businesses because of the faith of their owners.

As long as we're playing the "Let's cynically invoke Nazis to make people look horrible" game, how about this: the Nazis were huge supporters of animal rights and conservation. Mike Huckabee's son, David, brutally tortured and slaughtered a stray dog by hanging it, stoning it, and slitting its throat, and Mike Huckabee tried to squash the story. So....David and Mike Huckabee are worse than Nazis, right?

Huckabee has always been a piece of work, but these latest videos are beyond the pale, even for him. You can watch them, being fully forewarned that they are rage-inducing, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Mike Huckabee and Dave Garrison Muse On President Obama's 'Coming Out' - LISTEN

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Presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee made a special appearance on Dave Garrison’s “Faith & Liberty” radio talk show to promote his new book God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy and to muse about what a Huckabee presidency might have looked like had he been elected when he ran back in 2008.

“Even though he didn’t call the family of Chris Kyle, the ‘American Sniper,’ when he was killed for all he had done for his country, he picks up the phone and calls an NFL football player and congratulates him for being homosexual,” he said. “How bizarre is that?”

“Since the president ‘came out,’ so to speak, you see court after court suddenly deciding that same-sex marriage is just fine; I’m convinced that it’s the president having given this legitimacy and sense of authority to the issue that has changed the debate.”

For his part of the conversation Garrison bemoaned Right Wing Watch's coverage of his notoriously nutty program, claiming that gay rights supporters were growing increasingly intolerant of others’ beliefs.

Listen to excerpts from Huckabee and Garrison's conversation AFTER THE JUMP...

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Jon Stewart Talks To A Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp About Mike Huckabee's Biblical Intolerance Of Gay Marriage: VIDEO

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Jon Stewart and his staff were left at the altar Monday night when the Defense Department decided to reverse a policy Stewart and the show were planning to report on as they went to air. With a whole opening segment to fill, Stewart wondered where to turn. Then he remembered that former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is on a book tour for his new tome God, Grits and Gravy and could surely be relied upon to dole out some crazy worth skewering. Stewart's calculation was correct.

After first lampooning Huckabee's outrage over professional women in New York who use the "f-bomb" in professional settings, something that would never happen in the South in the Midwest of course, Stewart went to town on Huckabee's most recent comments on same-sex marriage. Huckabee said that asking Christian bakeries who oppose same-sex marriage to provide wedding cakes to same-sex couples is “like asking a Jewish deli to serve bacon-wrapped shrimp.” Stewart was quick to point out the W-T-F inherent in Huckabee's comments:

“Not all Jews own a deli. Some of us, and I say this with respect, some of us are lawyers who represent deli owners. But more important, that analogy makes no f--king sense. No one is forcing you to get metaphorically married to the Biblical abomination that is this bacon wrapped shrimp.”

Stewart then interviewed a very emotional bacon-wrapped shrimp about the painful toll intolerance wreaks on the oppressed and marginalized.

Watch the hilarious bit, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Mike Huckabee Compares Being Gay to 'Lifestyle Choices' Like Drinking and Swearing: VIDEO

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Former Arkansas Governor and GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee made an appearance on CNN's State of the Union this morning where Dana Bash asked him about the conflict between his religious beliefs regarding homosexuality (he has called it "an aberrant, unnatural and sinful lifestyle") and the "gay friends" he claims to have.

Said Huckabee:

"People can be my friends who have lifestyles that are not necessarily my lifestyle. I don't shut people out of my circle or out of my life because they have a different point of view. I don't drink alcohol, but gosh -- a lot of my friends, maybe most of them, do. You know, I don't use profanity, but believe me, I've got a lot of friends who do. Some people really like classical music and ballet and opera -- it's not my cup of tea."

Huckabee then made a few remarks propping up the far-right's new signature meme - that it is not gay people who are being disenfranchised when businesses refuse to serve them, it's the religious business owners who are the victims:

"I'd like to think that there's room in America for people who have different points of view without screaming and shouting and wanting to shut their businesses down. What worries me in this new environment we're in, it's not just that someone might disagree. They don't want to argue with me, even take a different point of view. They want to close someone's business down. Put them in an economic position of disenfranchisement."

Finally, Huckabee said his point of view is never changing:

"For me, as it was for President Obama in 2008, this is not just a political issue. It is a biblical issue. And as a biblical issue -- unless I get a new version of the scriptures, it's really not my place to say, okay, I'm just going to evolve. It's like asking someone who's Jewish to start serving bacon-wrapped shrimp in their deli. We don't want to do that. I mean, we're not going to do that. Or like asking a Muslim to serve up something that is offensive to him, or to have dogs in his backyard. We're so sensitive to make sure we don't offend certain religions, but then we act like Christians can't have the convictions that they've had for 2,000 years."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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