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Mike Huckabee Invokes MLK, Expects Civil Disobedience Over Supreme Court Gay-Marriage Ruling

Former Arkansas Gov. and 2016 GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee
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Former Arkansas Gov. and 2016 GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee
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Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, told ABC's George Stephanopoulos Sunday that he believes same-sex-marriage opponents will continue to fight against the Supreme Court's ruling and use MLK-like tactics of civil disobedience. 


When Stephanopoulos asked the politician if he supported individual citizens' use of civil disobedience to oppose the court's historic 5-4 ruling Friday, Huckabee responded, "I don't think a lot of pastors and Christian schools are going to have a choice."

"They either are going to follow God, their conscience and what they truly believe is what the Scripture teaches them, or they will follow civil law," he added. "They will go the path of Dr. Martin Luther King, who, in his brilliant essay the 'Letters [sic] From a Birmingham Jail,' reminded us, based on what St. Augustine said, that an unjust law is no law at all. And I do think that we're going to see a lot of pastors who will have to make this tough decision."


Huckabee argued that the case wasn't so much about "marriage equality" as it was about "marriage redefinition," questioning if the change in law would turn into discrimination against people of "conscience."

"Are they going to be forced, either out of business, like the florist, the caterers, the photographers?" Huckabee asked. "Are we going to trade one level of what's called discrimination for a new level of discrimination against people of faith?"

The former governor said that governors and attorneys general should wait until there is actual legislation implemented as a result of the court's ruling before beginning same-sex marriages. 

"I'm not sure that every governor and every attorney general should just say, 'Well, it's the law of the land,' because there's no enabling legislation," he said.

Read more at ABC News

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