Oops: Huckabee Defends Gay Marriage

By complaining about troubles of out-of-wedlock kids: Ruth Marcus
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 25, 2011 12:11 PM CST
Ruth Marcus: Mike Huckabee Sticks Up for Gay Marriage, Inadvertently
In this Sept. 17, 2010, file photo, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks in Washington.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

In attacking gay marriage, Mike Huckabee inadvertently offered an excellent defense of it, writes Ruth Marcus. He went from criticizing President Obama’s decision not to defend the gay-marriage ban to pointing out the difficult “economic reality of out-of-wedlock children.” The fact is, “gays and lesbians are clamoring for the right to avoid the very societal ill that Huckabee decries,” writes Marcus in the Washington Post.

As for the legal debate over whether Obama should have adhered to tradition and defended the law: well, Chief Justice John Roberts actually set a precedent in the other direction. When he worked in the solicitor general’s office, he “not only declined to defend a congressionally mandated program to give minority applicants preferences in obtaining broadcast licenses”—he pushed for its removal. Obama’s move was “more restrained—and more justified,” since the law he's rejecting “has changed significantly” since it was passed. (More Ruth Marcus stories.)

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