Republican presidential contender Mike Huckabee said Sunday that the Supreme Court’s decision to affirm same-sex couples’ right to marry no matter where they live has redefined how the U.S. government works and will put Christian pastors and business owners in a bind, adding that five “unelected lawyers” circumvented the will of the people.
Mr. Huckabee, a former governor of Arkansas, said the “court edict” was an end-run around voters who had rejected same-sex marriage.
“This case wasn’t so much a matter of marriage equality, it was marriage redefinition,” he told ABC’s “This Week.”
He said the decision has sweeping ramifications for pastors and devout business owners who will not want to provide goods and services in support of gay marriage.
“I don’t think a lot of pastors or Christian schools are going to have a choice,” he said.
Supporters of the historic decision did a victory lap this weekend, saying they now will push to erode workplace and housing discrimination against gay Americans.
“We’re simply asking to be treated equally and fairly,” Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court case, told ABC News.
The White House itself joined in the celebration, lighting up in rainbow colors after Friday’s ruling.
Mr. Huckabee said that, when he’s presdient, no one should complain when he displays a Nativity on the White House lawn at Christmas.