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Hey Gays: Does Mike Huckabee Want You To Act Straight?

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Oh. Wow. Just…wow.

Waaaaay back in October, I presented you with Homosexuality: It’s All In Your Head, which introduced you to a study that brought up two points:

  1. Sexual preference very well may be wired in the brain (because the “re-wiring” of a worm's brain seems to have made the worm choose one sex over the other).
  2. Humans have free will, so the picture is more complicated in people (i.e., it would be difficult to tell if a person is homosexual because his or her brain is wired that way, or because he or she has simply chosen to be homosexual).

Then, back on December 30, 2007, The Raw Story published a piece on presidential candidate Mike Huckabee regarding his appearance on MSNBC's “Meet the Press.” While the majority of the story deals with a wild variety of issues, the article title clearly indicates the article's first subject: Mike Huckabee: Homosexual behavior ‘is a choice.'

MSNBC provides the complete transcript online, and a video is located at the bottom of The Raw Story's coverage.

For your convenience, however, I've hashed through it and below is what I believe to be the most solid passage regarding Huckabee and homosexuality:

I don't know whether people are born that way. People who are gay say that they're born that way. But one thing I know, that the behavior one practices is a choice. We may have certain tendencies, but how we behave and how we carry out our behavior–but the important issue that I want to address, because I think when you bring up the faith question, Tim, I've been asked more about my faith than any person running for president. I'm OK with that. I hope I've answered these questions very candidly and very honestly. I think it's important for us to talk about it. But the most important thing is to find out, does our faith influence our public policy and how? I've never tried to rewrite science textbooks. I've never tried to come out with some way of imposing a doctrinaire Christian perspective in a way that is really against the Constitution. I've never done that.

So…if the above mentioned study is correct and sexual orientation is wired in our brains…does Huckabee believe homosexuals should suppress that wiring? Go through life pretending to be straight? Or, at the very least, saying, “I'm gay, but I'm not going to act gay,”?

And, going a bit further, if Huckabee were to agree that homosexuality is probably genetically wired in the brain, and still hold to his belief that our behavior is our own choice regarding homosexuality, does that mean he sees homosexuality as a mental illness? One with behaviors to be suppressed? Because, after all, he does seem to think homosexuals can (or should?) control their “homosexual behavior.”

Ah, so many questions.

In Huckabee's defense, he does claim “Faith doesn't just influence me, it really defines me.” I extend kudos to anyone who knows exactly what they believe in, sticks to it, and really lives it. However, if faith both influences and defines Huckabee, how are we expected to NOT think it would also influence and define his policies as President? Just because he states “I've never tried to rewrite science textbooks. I've never tried to come out with some way of imposing a doctrinaire Christian perspective in a way that is really against the Constitution.”

Maybe so. But, I'm sorry, that's just not enough for me. You?

For more information on presidential candidates and their policies on mental health, check out Where Does Your Presidential Candidate Stand On Mental Health Care?


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