About Mike Huckabee:
Republican Michael Dale "Mike" Huckabee (born August 24, 1955) was the 44th governor of Arkansas from 1996 - 2007. The ordained Baptist minister is also an author and musician. The starched conservative considers himself a 'Paradoxical Republican," meaning that he takes sides of issues that he thinks people don't expect Republicans to necessarily to join up with.
Mike Huckabee is perhaps the most conservative candidate in the race for president.
His stance on gay and lesbian rights and issues has been clear and falls in line with his conservative politics. Here's how Huckabee fares on gay and lesbian issues:
Mike Huckabee on Gay Marriage:
Huckabee is strong supporter of the Federal Marriage Amendment, which would constitutionally define marriage as between one man and one woman. "I support and have always supported passage of a federal constitutional amendment that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman," Huckabee says on his campaign website. "As President, I will fight for passage of this amendment. My personal belief is that marriage is between one man and one woman, for life."
Mike Huckabee is also against civil unions.
Mike Huckabee on Gay Adoption:
Mike Huckabee opposes equal same-sex adoption rights.
Mike Huckabee on Gays in the Military:
Huckabee believes the "don't ask, don't tell" policy is a matter of "conduct, not attitude" and should remain in effect.
Mike Huckabee on Employment Non-Discrimination:
"I own a motion picture film lab that came under fire by the Arlington Human Rights Commission because I refused to duplicate objectionable pro-homosexual material.
Would you protect business owners like me from being forced to violate our moral conscience?" Huckabee asked in response to a 2007 GOP Values Voter Presidential Debate question about adding sexual orientation to non-discrimination legislation.
Mike Huckabee on Federal Hate Crime Legislation:
Huckabee does not support federal protection of LGBT people in hate crime legislation nor does he favor the inclusion of gays in Arkansas hate crime laws.
Mike Huckabee on HIV/AIDS:
In 1992, Huckabee told the AP that AIDS patients should be quarantined. "If the federal government is truly serious about doing something with the AIDS virus," Huckabee said, "We need to take steps that would isolate the carriers of this plague." He also said Hollywood celebrities should fund HIV/AIDS research out of their own pockets instead of using federal money.
Yet, in a complete turnaround, Huckabee today claims favors increased funding for the Ryan White CARE Act, which provides treatment and support services to low-income Americans.