|His views on HIV and gay people are so dangerous, even the Log Cabin clubs is denouncing their fellow Republican.
The national gay group Log Cabin Republicans denounced Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee as an anti-gay extremist on Jan. 18. âGov. Mike Huckabee is establishing an unfortunate pattern on the campaign trail - making statements about gays and lesbians that demonstrate heâs out of touch with the vast majority of Americans,â said LCR President Patrick Sammon.
âVoters should take a close look at the governorâs pattern of ill-informed and extreme statements,â Sammon said. âGov. Huckabee should remember itâs 2008, not 1968, and heâs running for president, not preacher.â
In his latest anti-gay remarks, Huckabee told Beliefnet.com on Jan. 17: âI donât think thatâs a radical view to say weâre going to affirm marriage. I think the radical view is to say that weâre going to change the definition of marriage so that it can mean two men, two women, a man and three women, a man and a child, a man and animal. Again, once we change the definition, the door is open to change it again. I think the radical position is to make a change in whatâs been historic.â
Sammon responded, âPeople of good conscience can disagree about marriage equality, but Americans deserve an honest discussion rather than false hysteria about bestiality, pedophilia and polygamy.â
Huckabee also recently said he favors writing Godâs laws into the Constitution to save marriage from the gays.
âI believe itâs a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living God, and thatâs what we need to do is to amend the Constitution so itâs in Godâs standards rather than try to change Godâs standards.â
Huckabeeâs longstanding hostility to gay people came into national focus in December, when the Associated Press published excerpts from a 1992 interview in which he made these statements:
âI feel homosexuality is an aberrant, unnatural and sinful lifestyle, and we now know it can pose a dangerous public health risk.â
âIt is difficult to understand the public policy towards AIDS. It is the first time in the history of civilization in which the carriers of a genuine plague have not been isolated from the general population.â
âIn light of the extraordinary funds already being given for AIDS research, it does not seem that additional federal spending can be justified. An alternative would be to request that multimillionaire celebrities, such as Elizabeth Taylor, Madonna and others who are pushing for more AIDS funding be encouraged to give out of their own personal treasuries increased amounts for AIDS research.â
Midler and Manilow were thrilled to sing in bathhouses
Bette Midler and Barry Manilow were âjust thrilledâ to have gigs performing at gay bathhouses in the 1970s, Midler said Jan. 10 in an interview with TheStripPodcast.com. âWe were both so happy to have a gig that, you know, we didnât care because it was, you know, the guy was really nice to us and he was paying us what was really good money in those days, which was like $300 a night. I mean, that was an extraordinary amount of money in those days and we were just, like, we didnât care. We would have, you know, been at the zoo singing, we didnât care. We were just thrilled.â
Midler said she was not taken aback by whatever else was going on at the baths. âI know people expect me to have been, you know, appalled and stunned and all that stuff. I mean, maybe theyâre surprised that I was so blasĂ©,â she said. âI had seen plenty by that time, so, I have to say, it was not a big surprise.
âI had a great time. They were great to me and I had a chance to learn all these songs and play all these songs and move into the mainstream, and it was just like a dream come true.â
Log Cabin Lashes Out At Bill Clinton
Log Cabin Republicans also went after former President Bill Clinton this month. On Jan. 18 they sharply criticized him for allegedly rewriting the history of his âDonât Ask, Donât Tellâ policy on gays in the military. âPresident Clinton should be embarrassed,â said Log Cabin President Patrick Sammon. âHe needs to take responsibility for the legislation he signed, instead of trying to blame others.â
Campaigning for his wife Hillary on Jan. 18, Clinton said: ââDonât Ask, Donât Tell,â as articulated, as I worked it out with Colin Powell, who was then the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, meant literally that - that people would be free to live their lives. As long as they didnât go march in gay rights parades or go to gay bars in uniform - in uniform - and talk about it on duty, they would be all right. Now, as soon as he [Powell] left, the anti-gay forces then in the military started using it as an excuse to kick people out.â
But LCRâs Sammon isnât having it. âPresident Clinton either didnât understand the legislation he signed or heâs lying,â Sammon said. âFrom the very beginning of âDonât Ask, Donât Tell,â there was no doubt what the law meant: gay and lesbian Americans could only serve if they lied about their sexual orientation or kept it a secret.
âThis is another example of the Clintonian excuses and rewriting history that weâve come to expect from this president - a man who gladly took support and money from gays and lesbians and then delivered âDonât Ask, Donât Tellâ and the so-called âDefense of Marriage Act.ââ