HUCKABEE, FAMILIES, AND PUPPIES…. Republican Mike Huckabee — former Arkansas governor, former presidential candidates, and Fox News personality — hasn’t made much of an effort to hide his contempt for gay people. What’s interesting, though, is that as American culture becomes more respectful and tolerant, Huckabee seems to be moving in the wrong direction.

He chatted with the College of New Jersey’s magazine, The Perspective, about a variety of policy matters, including LGBT issues. Huckabee proceeded to compare marriage equality to drug abuse, incest, and polygamy.

Perhaps most strikingly, though, Huckabee denounced allowing same-sex couples adopting children or becoming foster parents.

“I think this is not about trying to create statements for people who want to change the basic fundamental definitions of family,” Huckabee said. “And always we should act in the best interest of the children, not in the seeming interest of the adults.”

“Children are not puppies,” he continued. “This is not a time to see if we can experiment and find out, how does this work?”

Just so we’re clear, we’re talking about orphans and children who are often abused or neglected. Most decent people would think it’s in “the best interest of the children” for those kids in need to live with people who will love and care for them.

But not Huckabee. He’s one of those pro-family types who would prefer to see children in orphanages and waiting indefinitely for a permanent home in the foster care system, because, apparently, gays are fundamentally incapable of providing a good home to kids in need.

Can’t you just feel the conservative love and compassion?

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