The former Arkansas governor and probable presidential candidate compared homosexuality to drinking and swearing on CNN:
“People can be my friends who have lifestyles that are not necessarily my lifestyle. I don’t shut people out of my circle or out of my life because they have a different point of view,” Huckabee told CNN’s Dana Bash, while deflecting a question about whether he believes being gay is a choice.
“I don’t drink alcohol, but gosh — a lot of my friends, maybe most of them, do. You know, I don’t use profanity, but believe me, I’ve got a lot of friends who do. Some people really like classical music and ballet and opera — it’s not my cup of tea,” Huckabee said.
Whether or not Huck is right that being gay is a choice — and the building scientific consensus on human sexuality seems to be “it’s complicated” — he is right on a broader point. You can find something distasteful or even wrong, without advocating laws against it. And he’s also correct that just because something is legal, means that everybody must be legally required to support it:
“I’d like to think that there’s room in America for people who have different points of view without screaming and shouting and wanting to shut their businesses down,” he said. “What worries me in this new environment we’re in, it’s not just that someone might disagree, they don’t want to argue with me, even take a different point of view. They want to close someone’s business down.”
Bingo. But Progressivism is a jealous god, which brooks no dissent from its narrow orthodoxy.