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FLASHBACK: Huckabee Supported Quarantining AIDS Patients, Called Homosexuality Unnatural, Sinful

March 09, 2011 3:17 pm ET - by Christine Schwen

Mike Huckabee

Mike Huckabee's "verbal gaffe"-tastic book tour has certainly garnered him a lot of criticism over the past few weeks. But between the lying about Obama's childhood and attacking pregnant Oscar winners, it was easy to miss his suggestion that same-sex marriage is a threat to a "stable society": 

JUDGE ANDREW NAPOLITANO: Let me run this past you. Marriage is a contract. It's an agreement between two people whose hearts have joined together. What business is that of the government?

HUCKABEE: The business of government is to ensure that we have the most stable society because we have a $300 billion a year dad deficit in this country. That's in chapter one. I talk about the fact that this is an economic issue. As a libertarian judge, you've got to love the fact that we're spending a lot of government money to pick up the pieces because fathers don't do their duty. [Freedom Watch via Media Matters, 2/25/11]

As Media Matters higlighted last week, that's hardly the first time Huckabee has promoted an anti-equality agenda. He has consistently used this kind of rhetoric, from saying that he opposes same-sex marriage partially because of the "ick factor," to claiming that legalizing same-sex marriage is like legalizing incest, to calling homosexuality an "aberration."

In fact, Huckabee's anti-gay history goes all the way back to at least 1992, when Huckabee advocated against additional funding for AIDS research and called for U.S. government to "isolate" AIDS patients. In an Associated Press questionnaire, Huckabee argued that if the government were truly serious about doing something about AIDS, they would take "steps that would isolate the carriers of this plague":

As a candidate for a U.S. Senate seat in 1992, Huckabee answered 229 questions submitted to him by The Associated Press. Besides a quarantine, Huckabee suggested that Hollywood celebrities fund AIDS research from their own pockets, rather than federal health agencies.

"If the federal government is truly serious about doing something with the AIDS virus, we need to take steps that would isolate the carriers of this plague," Huckabee wrote.

"It is difficult to understand the public policy towards AIDS. It is the first time in the history of civilization in which the carriers of a genuine plague have not been isolated from the general population, and in which this deadly disease for which there is no cure is being treated as a civil rights issue instead of the true health crisis it represents."

Huckabee also said: "I feel homosexuality is an aberrant, unnatural, and sinful lifestyle, and we now know it can pose a dangerous public health risk."

He never backed down from those remarks. In fact, on the December 9, 2007, edition of Fox News Sunday Huckabee said that while, he may phrase it differently now, he's "not going to recant or retract from the statement" he made in 1992:


The American public has moved significantly towards support for full equality for LGBT Americans since Huckabee first made those remarks, but Huckabee emains stubbornly committed to his anti-gay worldview.


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