Mike Huckabee insists gay marriage decision could 'destroy' Obama

Tue. March 1, 2011 5:51 AM by OnTopMag.com

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"African-American community supports traditional marriage more than Hispanics and more than whites."

Washington, DC - Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who is considering bid for president as a Republican, on Sunday insisted President Obama's decision to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which bans federal recognition of gay marriage, could "destroy" him.

The president on Wednesday said he believed parts of the 1996 law were unconstitutional, but added that the government would continue to enforce the law. That is, federal agencies are banned from recognizing the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples.

Huckabee reiterated his claim that the decision "could destroy the president."

"He alienated the African-American community," Huckabee told Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace. "Overwhelmingly, they support traditional marriages more than Hispanics and more than whites."

"Within the white community it's about 56 percent, 65 percent in the Hispanic, 75 in the African-American community."

"I don't think that what he is doing is constitutional. If a president begins to decide which pieces of the law he will choose to support or endorse or enforce, based on a lower court decision, not because it is actually bubbled up to a final adjudication, that is an unusual precedent for a president to take."

When Wallace pointed out that the law would still be enforced, Huckabee disagreed.

"It's really the same thing," Huckabee said. "He has decided that this is a part of the law he doesn't like so he is not going to recognize it. I don't think a president in the executive branch can thumb his nose at a branch of government that is incomplete in its assessment of the law."

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