Mike Huckabee, who ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008 and is a possible candidate for 2012 has said that allowing gays and lesbians to marry is as inappropriate as legalising incest, polygamy and drug use. He also
condemned gays adopting saying “children are not puppies.”

Mr Huckabee was speaking to journalism students at The College of New Jersey in Ewing last week in an interview that was published last night.

Mr Huckabee said not all groups in society need to be accommodating if their lifestyle is outside of “the ideal.”

“That would be like saying, well there’s there are a lot of people who like to use drugs so let’s go ahead and accommodate those who want to use drugs. There are some people who believe in incest, so we should accommodate them. There are people who believe in polygamy, should we accommodate them?” he said.

“Why do you get to choose that two men are OK but one man and three women aren’t OK?” he asked the students.

“I don’t have to prove that marriage is a man and a woman in a relationship for life. They have to prove that two men can have an equally definable relationship called marriage, and somehow that that can mean the same thing.”

Since the students published the transcript of the interview, Mr Huckabee released a statement saying: “I do not believe we should change the traditional definition of marriage.” He said the students were sensationalising his comments as he feels his views are “well-known and hardly unusual views of same-sex marriage.”

In 1992, he told the Associated Press: “I feel homosexuality is an aberrant, unnatural, and sinful lifestyle.”

He called AIDS patients as “carriers of this plague,” and added they should be isolated.

While Arkansas governor he said: “Marriage has historically never meant anything other than a man and a woman. It has never meant two men, two women, a man and his pet, or a man and a whole herd of pets.”