As Western Journalism reported, the Southern Baptist Convention made an announcement ahead of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision regarding the definition of marriage indicating that the denomination will not ordain or perform any same-sex marriage ceremonies. The same day, one of the nation’s most prominent Baptists, Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, released a statement of his own – issuing a challenge to his primary opponents.
In the letter, Huckabee urged the other candidates in the 2016 GOP field to stand up not only for traditional marriage but for the U.S. Constitution by not endorsing the notion that the Supreme Court has the authority to create laws.
“How can you take an oath to uphold the Constitution,” he asked Fox News host Todd Starnes, “if you ignore the separation of powers, the equality of the three branches and ignore that the Supreme Court has no constitutional authority to create law?”
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Huckabee emphasized the ideological stance he would take with him to the White House, a perspective that would influence his decisions beyond the issue of ‘gay’ marriage.
“As both an American and a candidate for president,” he wrote, “I will never forget who I serve: my God, my country, and the U.S. Constitution.”
As it relates to the current debate, he made additional promises to the American people, urging his fellow GOP candidates to take a similar pledge.
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“I refuse to sit silently as politically driven interest groups threaten the foundation of religious liberty, criminalize Christianity, and demand that Americans abandon principles of natural marriage,” he wrote. “I will fight to defend religious liberty at all costs.
“I also refuse to surrender to the false god of judicial supremacy, which would allow black-robed and unelected judges the power to make law and enforce it, which upends the separation of powers so very central to our Constitution. Too much power concentrated in the courts is a threat to our Republic. I will fight judicial tyranny and return power to the people.”
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