Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, who has defied expectations and irked the establishment with his insistence on staying in the race despite trailing behind frontrunner Senator John McCain (R-AZ) in the delegate count, taped a segment for The Tyra Banks Show on Feb 7 that aired on Feb 29. During the hour-long interview with the gay-loving talk show host in her New York studio, the Baptist preacher and former governor of Arkansas discussed his views on homosexuality and same-sex marriage equality.
Banks first asked the minister whether he believed homosexuality is immoral, to which he replied that he believes it is an example of “missing the mark”—or how he would describe the definition of sin—because humans “were created to have relationships with someone of the opposite gender.”
Pressed about his view on same-sex marriage, Huckabee, 52, said that he opposes it, explaining, “I think that is not a good thing.” He added that, “The great thing about American is we can have totally different viewpoints and we can do it without having animosity, and hatred.”
Asked if he would welcome the gay vote, the socially conservative but sunny Huckabee told Banks, “Seriously, I want to be president of everybody. And I can disagree with people over a choice they make in their life…and still be their president and still say I want to keep you free, I want to keep your country safe, I want to make your taxes lower not higher.”
THIS JUST IN: On Tuesday, March 4 Mike Huckabee withdrew his candidacy for President of the United States. Thanks for the memories.