Former (and possibly future) Republican presidential hopefuls Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum joined several hundred anti-same-sex marriage activists Thursday on the Capitol grounds to mark the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of gay marriage.
Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and the March for Marriage rally’s final speaker, didn’t dance around his feelings about what he viewed as gross judicial overstep.
“Judicial supremacy is a curse upon this great Republic,” he told the crowd at the rally, organized in part by the National Organization for Marriage, calling the Supreme Court rulings the “greatest heresy of our time.”
He went on to argue that the president and Congress were not required to redefine what he deemed natural laws — including marriage — no matter what rulings “nine people in robes” might hand down from the bench.
“The government doesn’t give us our rights,” he said. “The government only has the responsibility to protect the rights God gave us.”
Huckabee also criticized President Barack Obama’s changed stance on gay marriage.
“I agreed with Barack Obama in August 2008,” he said, citing Obama’s “God is in the mix” justification for being unable to support gay marriage at the time. “It’s what you say now I take issue with.”
Santorum, who has come under fire in the past in his political career for comments about homosexuality, limited himself mostly to emphasizing the need for the anti-same-sex marriage movement to reclaim the definition of marriage. He also called the movement “based in love.”
“Marriage is not just a romantic relationship between two people,” he said. One tenet of marriage, he said, is having and raising children.
Santorum used his speech as a call to action, laying part of the blame for the current social climate at the feet of the anti-same-sex marriage movement’s failure to define marriage in the face of change.
“We can’t blame those who want to move same-sex marriage,” Santorum said. “We are the ones to blame.”
Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), like Huckabee, blasted the idea that “unelected judges” could define marriage. Huelskamp is known for introducing a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage.
“We know the truth will win in the end,” Huelskamp said. “It’s what stands between us and the victory at the end.”
He ended his remarks by calling upon the men in the crowd to recommit themselves to their wives and children.