Many candidates are risking present and future backlashes for their intolerance of homosexuals and effective endorsements of segregation by opposing gay marriage. This affliction affects the majority of both Republican and Democratic presidential candidates, but none may have to answer for past policies more than recent media darling, Mike Huckabee. Huck has had the unenviable task of explaining and defending everything he’s done in his career, as the pile of troublesome stories have risen even faster than his poll numbers.

Huckabee’s latest cause for concern involves some answers he gave during his failed 1992 senate campaign. In an AP questionnaire, Huck stated that “homosexuality is an aberrant, unnatural, and sinful lifestyle, and we now know it can pose a dangerous public health risk.” He continued, suggesting, “we need to take steps that would isolate the carriers of this plague.” That certainly sounds like segregation, and on a level matched by no other candidate. Huckabee recent statements have been far less divisive – he’s backed off a bit, and even supports federal funding for AIDS research – but how many more of these stories, which seem to appear daily, can Huckabee’s campaign withstand?

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