It’s really one of the more bizarre analogies used by the Christian, this comparison they continually make between a potential Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage and the Dred Scott ruling, perhaps the most infamous in American history. Huckabee offers it yet again:
Huckabee, who recently issued a letter pledging to fight gay marriage, told Starnes that conservatives should wage “civil disobedience” against a government that “acted outside of nature and nature’s God, outside of the bounds of the law, outside of the bounds of the Constitution,” warning that otherwise they will be forced to commit “biblical disobedience.”
“What if no one had acted in disobedience to the Dred Scott decision of 1857?” Huckabee continued. “What if the entire country had capitulated to judicial tyranny and we just said that because the Supreme Court said in 1857 said that a black person wasn’t fully human? Suppose we had accepted that, suppose Abraham Lincoln, our president, had accepted that, would that have been the right course of action?”
Huckabee, for whom the term ignoramus might well have been invented, continues to think that Lincoln was president at the time of the Dred Scott ruling, which is false. That ruling came down in March, 1857, a full four years before Lincoln took office (elected in 1860, not inaugurated until March, 1861). And the case was not about whether slavery was legal or not, it clearly was.
More importantly, Huckabee has his comparison exactly wrong. Chief Justice Taney’s decision concluded that black people were “beings of an inferior order, and altogether unfit to associate with the white race, either in social or political relations, and so far inferior that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect.” That’s pretty much exactly what Huckabee thinks about gay people — so morally inferior to straight people (because God said so, dontchaknow) that they have no rights that straight people are bound to respect. This is a man who railed against a Supreme Court ruling that merely said you can’t throw gay people in prison, for crying out loud. He said that was “judicial tyranny” too (it’s always judicial tyranny when the courts rule against their wishes; what a coincidence, that). It is Huckabee and his fellow bigots who are on the side of the court’s majority in Dred Scott.