"I'm not homophobic I just support homophobic policy" is the new cri de coeur of the religious right. I just posted about Conor Friedersdorf's claim that people might just be really, really concerned about the definition of the term marriage but harbor no ill-will for non-straight people, and now Mike Huckabee just said that he's not homophobic, but the Bible defines marriage.
Again, if the right is trying to convince us that it's possible to oppose same-sex marriage without being homophobic, they can't seem to find an example of someone doing just that. Someone who isn't homophobic wouldn't write something like this:
"I feel homosexuality is an aberrant, unnatural, and sinful lifestyle, and we now know it can pose a dangerous public health risk," Huckabee wrote in the questionnaire for The Associated Press, which reported the answer on Saturday.
Here's a passage from Mike Huckabee's book, explaining how the gays (among others) are ruining everything by existing:
Abortion, environmentalism, AIDS, pornography, drug abuse, and homosexual activism have fragmented and polarized our communities.[...]
It is now difficult to keep track of the vast array of publicly endorsed and institutionally supported aberrations--from homosexuality and pedophilia to sadomasochism and necrophilia.
Here he is, years after it was known how HIV is transmitted, advocating "quarantine" for people with HIV:
If the federal government is truly serious about doing something with the AIDS virus, we need to take steps that would isolate the carriers of this plague.
It 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, and in which this deadly disease for which there is no cure is being treated as a civil rights issue instead of the true health crisis it represents.
Those are all from the 1990's, but here he is in 2007 arguing that being gay is sinful:
Well I believe it would be - just like lying is sinful and stealing is sinful. There are a lot of things that are sinful. It doesn't mean that a person is a horrible person. It means that they engage in behavior that is outside the norms of those boundaries of our traditional view of what's right and what's wrong. So, I think that anybody who has, maybe a traditional worldview of sexuality would classify that as an unusual behavior that is not traditional and that would be outside those bounds.
As far as I can find, he never recanted any of this.
Perhaps there are people who oppose same-sex marriage without being homophobic. If there are, then this group is so vanishingly small that even pundits desperately trying to prove it exists can't find a single example.