Huckabee predicts MLK-like resistance to gay marriage ruling


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GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee predicted that Christians will push back against gay marriage in a similar way to Dr. Martin Luther King’s fight against racial discrimination.

On ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, host George Stephanopoulos asked Huckabee if he would advocate for civil disobedience following Friday’s Supreme Court ruling that made same-sex marriage legal nationwide.

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“I don't think a lot of pastors and Christian schools are going to have a choice. They either are going to follow God, their conscience and what they truly believe is what the scripture teaches them, or they will follow civil law,” Huckabee said.

“They will go the path of Dr. Martin Luther King, who in his brilliant essay, the letters from a Birmingham jail, reminded us, based on what St. Augustine said, that an unjust law is no law at all. And I do think that we're going to see a lot of pastors who will have to make this tough decision,” he continued.

Huckabee went on to add Christian business owners, university presidents, school administrators and even county clerks who grant marriage licenses to the list of individuals likely to buck the ruling.

“If they have a  conscientious objection, I think they should be excused,” he said.

Huckabee told Stephanopoulos that, together with the Thursday Supreme Court ruling upholding federal subsidies under the Affordable Care Act, the court has changed the “process of how we govern.

“We’ve always been a nation of law,” he said. “We’re now a nation of men.”

Huckabee said the rulings were made “through a court edict of five unelected lawyers, a part of a committee, who decided that they knew better than the legislators who actually get to make law, that they know better than the people who voted in over 30 states to affirm traditional marriage,” and called it “judicial tyranny.”