Huckabee Pushes Plan: Prosecute Crimes Against Same-Sex Marriage Opponents As Hate Crimes
First of all, why is there a presumption that there will suddenly be crimes against opponents of marriage equality. Second, making this a big issue while running for president is ridiculous and paranoid.
Huckabee said on Wednesday that, if he were the sitting president, he would direct the attorney general to prosecute “those who would attempt to extort” or “who committed a crime against a person because they didn’t accept homosexual marriage” for hate crimes.
The comment echoes a three-point plan the Republican presidential candidate issued on Tuesday, reported by the Des Moines Register, outlining how he would respond to Supreme Court’s decision that same-sex couples can marry in all 50 states…
Speaking to radio host Steve Deace, Huckabee pushed these points, reiterating promises to issue an executive order proclaiming his goal to “fully protect religious liberty at all levels” and to “instruct the defense secretary to immediately allow chaplains and to let chaplains know that they would be allowed to practice their faith as it is, not as it is desired by people who support same-sex marriage.”
His vow to prosecute crimes against opponents of same-sex marriage as hate crimes came sandwiched between these other aspects of his platform.
“The second thing I would do is I would issue a directive to the attorney general and I would, uh, insist that everyone’s religious liberty be vigorously defended,” he said. “That there be no, uh, allowance for people to have their businesses shut down and that those who would attempt to extort from them or anyone who committed a crime against a person because they didn’t accept homosexual marriage could be prosecuted for a hate crime.”