Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) is a well-known opponent of gay marriage, but took time to joke about his stance in an interview with the New Yorker. 

Huckabee, a Baptist minister, ran for president in 2008 and is considered a potential candidate for the 2012 contest. 

Ariel Levy writes

Huckabee does deviate from Party orthodoxy on some issues. But what makes him even less predictable as a politician is his sense of humor. At times, he seems unable to resist the force of his own funniness. I joked with him once that I would write about his (fictitious) affair with Nancy Pelosi. He e-mailed back, “The only thing worse than a torrid affair with sweet, sweet Nancy would be a torrid affair with Helen Thomas. If those were my only options, I’d probably be FOR same-sex marriage!”

The ex-governor also expounded on his opposition to same-sex marriage: 

“I do believe that God created male and female and intended for marriage to be the relationship of the two opposite sexes,” he said. “Male and female are biologically compatible to have a relationship. We can get into the ick factor, but the fact is two men in a relationship, two women in a relationship, biologically, that doesn’t work the same.”

But the governor emphasized he is not homophobic, saying he has accepted gay people on his staff. 

Much of the article, however, centered on some in the Republican Party who have high hopes for Huckabee as a 2012 candidate. 

The governor, who was thought to be severely damaged late last year when a prisoner whose sentence he commuted as governor was accused of murdering four police officers in Washington state, received some positive comments from Republicans:

“If we’re running a race against their most articulate guy,” Steve Schmidt, John McCain’s former campaign manager, told me, referring to President Obama, “we should put our most articulate guy. Huckabee’s that guy.” Schmidt, who has traded barbs with Palin since the election, said, “There’s no one who really provides a better contrast to Sarah Palin, showing her as an entertainer instead of a serious thinker — and there’s not enough oxygen for both of them.”

The piece also noted his opposition to the "pompous patrician" wing of the GOP and his executive experience. 

Huckabee invokes God constantly. Yet he feels that his religiosity is overemphasized. “I’m not one-dimensional,” he told me. “I was the governor of Arkansas for ten years! The lieutenant-governor for three! To say that I stepped out of a pulpit last Sunday and said, ‘Hey, I think I’ll be President!’ No, I’ve paid my dues.”