Presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) said on Wednesday that calling marriage equality a fight for civil rights is an “insult to African Americans.”
The remark came in the middle of an interview with a local station in Baton Rouge, after Huckabee began railing against those who “equate same-sex marriage to a civil right.”
“First of all, what an insult to African Americans, who were hosed in the street, who were beaten, who were truly discriminated against with separate restrooms, separate drinking fountains, separate entrances,” Huckabee said.
“That was true discrimination and it was horrible,” he added. “It’s hard to say that the redefinition of marriage is on the same basis as was racial discrimination throughout our history.”
He did not cite anyone who had claimed that the cause for marriage equality was similar to the laws of the Jim Crow era.