Mike Huckabee Compares Gay Marriage to Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp, Will Run on Bad Analogy Platform in 2016

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Analogies are like a good kitchen knife — if you know what you’re doing, they can make you look like a master of your art. If you don’t, you’re just going to hurt yourself and bleed on the vegetables. As marriage equality has marched forward over the last few years, we’ve been treated to a wide variety of laughably bad analogies from the Republican party trying to convince the public of the dangers of letting two women wear white on the same day. According to the GOP, gay marriage is like: incest, a man marrying a dog, polygamy, the Dred Scott decision, ugly golf clubs, a salad bar, and bad math. Fortunately, the steady rise in the number of states with legal same-sex marriage has not yet lead to the apocalyptic scenarios so many have predicted.

Of course, that isn’t stopping members of the Republican party from obsessing about gay weddings (and not in the way that we’re all obsessed with Brittney Griner’s wedding). As 2008 GOP Presidential bummer Mike Huckabee gears up for another bid to lose in 2016, he’s been making gay marriage a focus of his speeches. In a CNN appearance on Sunday, Huckabee tried to show that he doesn’t exclude gay people from his circle of friends:

“People can be my friends who have lifestyles that are not necessarily my lifestyle. I don’t shut people out of my circle or out of my life because they have a different point of view. I don’t drink alcohol, but gosh — a lot of my friends, maybe most of them, do. You know, I don’t use profanity, but believe me, I’ve got a lot of friends who do. Some people really like classical music and ballet and opera — it’s not my cup of tea.”

Mr. Huckabee is very progressive for willingly tolerating people who engage in the legal activities of alcohol consumption, cursing, and listening to classical music, opera, and ballet. He deserves our praise and admiration. I bet he even shows off his swearing friend, drinking friend, and classical-music-enjoying friend at parties to demonstrate that he’s not bigoted against drinkers, people with potty-mouths, and people with good taste. They may even be the same person to save time and travel costs. I wonder when Mike is going to start referring to that friend as aberrant, unnatural, and icky, like he has his gay friends. I bet it’ll be any day now. After all, aberrant is just a fancy word for “not my cup of tea.”

When Huckabee was asked about the possibility of “evolving” views on gay marriage, he responded:

“This is not just a political issue. It is a biblical issue. And as a biblical issue — unless I get a new version of the scriptures, it’s really not my place to say, OK, I’m just going to evolve. It’s like asking someone who’s Jewish to start serving bacon-wrapped shrimp in their deli. We don’t want to do that — I mean, we’re not going to do that. Or like asking a Muslim to serve up something that is offensive to him, or to have dogs in his backyard.”

By the reasoning in his statement, every single queer person who gets married is personally violating Mr Huckabee’s religious principles, much like how every person who has ever eaten bacon-wrapped shrimp has done so in an attempt to directly insult the Jewish faith. (This explains also why Jewish and Muslim politicians and community leaders have been so committed to campaigns making sure that other people of other faith traditions are legally prohibited from eating pork.) It must be because all the laws and court orders that have legalized same-sex marriage in the US have specified that Mike Huckabee must personally officiate every single ceremony. Not only is that unfair, but it must be terribly exhausting for him. No wonder he’s so upset. Anyway, I’m looking forward to the rest of Huckabee’s biblically-based platform. It’s about time we stood up and rid our country of the scourge of pork roast, short hair, beardless faces, ripped jeans, and mixed-fiber fabrics! I’m sure he’s just been too busy to talk about the rest of those things, what with having to officiate all those gay weddings.

Don’t worry, Mike — my wedding is in Canada, so you’re off the hook for May 30th. I’d suggest you rest up, though. You might be a busy man in June.

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Mari Brighe

Mari is a queer lady scientist and educator from Detroit, who skillfully avoids working on her genetics dissertation by writing about queer and trans life, nerd culture, feminism, and science. You can frequently find her running around at science-fiction conventions giving panels on consent culture and LGBT topics or DJing at fantastically strange parties. She is a contributing writer for TransAdvocate, maintains a personal blog at TransNerdFeminist, and can frequently be found stirring up trouble (and posting selfies) on Twitter.

Mari has written 36 articles for us.


  1. Not really sure what that bacon-wrapped shrimp analogy was trying to accomplish unless it was to make me want lunch in which case it succeeded

  2. I read this fools’ comments in the Guardian Australia’s online issue today. My post in response was to ask if he knuckle walked too. The majority of other posts were equally scathing.
    I know we have our neocon fundamentalist ratbags as well. Serveal are currently serving members of our, shameful Federal Liberal party, but thankfully the press and their political cartoonists keep them mostly, quiet. Along with legions of other political activists, I’ve had a bumper few years recently.
    This must be the era of the would be, politician in a clown suite.

  3. The Old Testament dietary laws he alludes to appear textually near, and with the same “abomination” language and authoritative status as the principal “clobber verses.” So the real question with respect to bacon-wrapped shrimp is whether the Huckabees have ever served such a thing to guests or have ever eaten in a restaurant that served it.

    (For the record, I have. Yum!)

  4. So, if gay marriage is like incest, then how do you explain all the jokes(good, bad, true, or false) we make about relatives marring each other in the south? Or, how in some homophobic countries marring a relative has been acceptable for years(my parents know cousins who are married). Not to mention some states, including California(that Arrested Development episode from season 3 had me curious if really is legal in my home state), allow cousins to marry, which I think makes a greater case for leading to incest that LGBT marriage. Oddly, enough Mississippi a state which sometimes is joked about having incest has it banned, which now has me thinking, maybe it’s a pre-emptive measure to stop it from moving to closer kin marrying.

  5. “Analogies are like a good kitchen knife — if you know what you’re doing, they can make you look like a master of your art. If you don’t, you’re just going to hurt yourself and bleed on the vegetables.” — Mari Brighe, 2015

    I’m archiving this one.

  6. This was fantastic. So so funny and on-point.

    Congrats on getting married in Canada!! I think and Laneia should have a wedding article about all your planning!

  7. Well, yippy dippy dilly gosh’em Moses fiddle-faddle darn, doesn’t this moron talk cutely, y’know

  8. Mike Huckabee sounds like Dale Kerrigan’s (Aussie Battler in cult film The Castle’s) version of a

    dream “Ideas Man”.

    Bacon wrapped Shrimp? I’d buy that snack. Straight to the pool room.

  9. Problem here is media access in return for softball journalism.

    CNN resists obvious follow-up questions to his idiocy so they can keep good relations.

  10. Former English teacher gives that an F, then gossips about it with everybody else. Or, as I actually did do once for a disturbingly similar situation, call a conference, all-caps DISCUSS, force a rewrite, and still give a grade based on the original submission.

    Related: Lindsay Graham asked Loretta Lynch today if gay marriage was the same thing as polygamy.

    Planet Clueless has exported some of its finest.

  11. Wait, does Huckabee actually HAVE gay friends? If he does, I admire their patience…

    (Also, brilliant writing here.)

  12. Mari, how do you make it so enjoyable to read about such idioticness?? I’m too entertained to be properly outraged.

    • There are way bigger things to be outraged about. Better to just laugh at these fools. :)

      Seriously, though…I’m so glad people get my sense of humor…I always worry people are going to read my snarky pieces and think “This girl is not nearly as funny as she thinks she is.”

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