The hosts of The View question former Ark. Gov. Mike Huckabee on his views regarding marriage equality and adoption by gay couples. Huckabee said the LGBT equality movement cannot be compared to the civil rights movement, and claimed that Ark.'s adoption ban is in the best interest of children. Many of the hosts disagreed. 11.19.08 10:42 am response to Gov. Huckabee's comments:
In a discussion on marriage equality, the governor implied the rights of LGBT people are not civil rights because the LGBT community has not had violence inflicted upon it.
“Unlike Governor Huckabee, we know that hate crimes tear into the fabric of our society and fragment communities because they target a group and not just the individual victim. The purpose of our government, first and foremost, is to protect all of our citizens — whether they are black, Christian, gay or transgender,” said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. “From advocating that people with HIV/AIDS should be locked up to comparing gay sex to bestiality, Huckabee is merely a mouthpiece for homophobia.”