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Huckabee Slams Obama On DOMA, Implies Link Between Gay Marriage And Broken Homes


"When the voters are so overwhelmingly [supportive of DOMA] what does the president believe he knows that citizens in all these other states don't," Huckabee said.

In August 2010, an Associated Press poll found majority support for federal recognition of same-sex marriages, 52-46. That was up dramatically from a year before when respondents opposed gay marriage 46-53.

In October 2010, Pew found a majority still opposed to gay marriage, but support rising quickly.

Nonetheless, Huckabee opposes gay marriage on the grounds that, according to him, it destroys traditional families.

"There is a quantified impact of broken families," Huckabee said. "[There is a] $300 billion dad deficit in America every year...that's the amount of money that we spend as taxpayers to pick up the pieces because dads are derelict in their duties."

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