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During an interview on CNN today,  Mike Huckabee argued that Christians with “gay friends” should still oppose marriage equality out of respect for the Bible.

The rumored Republican presidential candidate declined to say if he believed homosexuality was a choice. He was, however, very vocal about his disapproval of marriage equality despite having gay people in his life.

Huckabee explained:

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. I would like think there’s room in America for people to have different points of view without screaming, shouting, wanting to shut their business down.

The former Arkansas governor also took a swipe at President Obama who famously said his support for the LGBT community was “evolving” over time.

For me as it was for President Obama in 2008, this is not just a political issue, this 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, ‘Okay, I’m just going to evolve.’

It’s like asking somebody who’s Jewish to start serving bacon-wrapped shrimp in their deli. We don’t want to do that. Or asking a Muslim to serve up something that is offensive to him or to have dogs in his backyard.

We’re so sensitive to make sure we don’t offend certain religions, but then we act like Christians can’t have the convictions they’ve had for over 2,000 years.

Watch the video below from today’s CNN broadcast.