Former Arkansas governor and potential Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee on Tuesday said that if the Supreme Court rules in favor of same sex marriage, states don’t necessarily need to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.
Huckabee told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt that he was “angry” with the “notion of judicial supremacy.”
“If the courts make a decision, I hear governors and even some aspirants to the presidency say well, that’s settled, and it’s the law of the land,” he said. “No, it isn’t the law of the land. Constitutionally, the courts cannot make a law. They can interpret one. And then the legislature has to create enabling legislation, and the executive has to sign it, and has to enforce it.”
According to Huckabee, the legislative branch would need to draw up legislation to legalize same sex marriage.
“This idea that a judge makes a ruling on Friday afternoon, and Saturday morning same sex marriage licenses are being given out, that’s utter nonsense, because there’s not been any agreement with the other two branches of government,” he said.
The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide whether state bans on same sex marriage violate equal protection guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment. If the court rules that the state bans are unconstitutional, states would no longer be able to keep clerks from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.
However, Huckabee said he was worried such a ruling would lead to polygamy.
“I think there’s going to be immediate cases filed where a person will say, ‘Well, I’d like to marry two women, or I’d like to marry two men for a woman,'” he said. “And who’s to stop that?”
And no matter what the Supreme Court decides, Huckabee said he’ll always stand for “biblical” marriage.
“I may be lonely, I may be the only one, but I’m going to stand absolutely faithful to the issue of marriage not because it’s a politically expedient thing to do, because it isn’t. I’m going to do it because I believe it is the right position, it’s the biblical position, it’s the historical position,” he said.
H/t Huffington Post