Governor Mike Huckabee is a very confused man. He is upset that the Supreme Court has upheld the rights of same sex couples to marry. Recently, he went to Kentucky to show his support for Kim Davis, the clerk who has been refusing to grant any marriage licenses because of her religious beliefs. Both Huckabee and Davis claim that Jesus’ teaching explicitly prohibits same sex marriage.
In promoting his position on the subject, Huckabee has repeatedly stated the Supreme Court exercised “judicial tyranny” with this decision. To prove his point, he has been referring to the Dred Scott decision in which the Supreme Court found that African Americans could never be American citizens. Huckabee contends that this decision, which most people agree was a terrible one, remains the “law of the land.” The idea being that people of good conscience can ignore bad Supreme Court decisions such as Obergefell v. Hodges (the same sex marriage case) for the same reasons they would oppose Dred Scott.
There are multiple problems with that line of reasoning. The first is that it is wrong. The bad Dred Scott decision was reversed by ratification of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted citizenship to anyone born in the United States.
Huckabee’s position on the “birth right citizenship” amendment has changed over the years. He has opposed changing it, supported putting through a new amendment to clarify it, expressed support for laws to amend it, and suggested it be used to protect the unborn. The only thing about his position on the amendment that seems clear is that he has read it.
So, Huckabee should understand that the 14th Amendment ended any influence the Dred Scott decision had on American life and should understand that it is not the “law of the land.” His analogy is therefore a disingenuous attempt to prove Kim Davis is right for ignoring the Supreme Court, when she clearly is not.
The Huckabee campaign proved the point that his support of Davis is less about a real principled stand against “judicial tyranny” and more his way to push his agenda and get his name back in front of voters who have been distracted by the summer of Donald Trump when they prevented Senator Ted Cruz from speaking at their rally. The rally was supposedly about Jesus and why it is ok to oppose same sex marriage but the only politician allowed to speak was Huckabee.
Firebrand Left reached out to Mr. Huckabee’s office for comment and are still waiting for a response.