Mike Huckabee, former Governor of Arkansas, is the host of the 2013 Values Voter Summit, and took the opportunity to speak out against California’s pro-trans public school legislation, as well as gay marriage, on the opening night of the conference.
In a move that has become typical of the groups that are rallying against the School Success & Opportunity Act, which allows transgender students in California to participate in athletics, as well as attend restrooms, in a fashion that is consistent with their gender identity, Huckabee completely misrepresented the transgender identity, and also insinuated that the passing of the legislation has sexual implications.
“So, Jerry Brown, the governor of California, this week signed a bill—by the same legislature that passed a bill that said if six-year-olds, who are biologically boys think that they are really girls, that they should be able to go to the girls restroom,” Huckabee said at the conference.
“And if they’re 16 and they really—maybe you’re biologically all male but they identify as female, they should be able to go to the locker room with, shower with, and play on the sports teams of the girls,” he continued.
The argument is that biological make-up is what ‘truly’ defines a persons’ gender, regardless of how that person self identifies. Huckabee’s assertion is that you’re “biologically all male” even if you “identify as female,” which completely erases a transgendered persons’ right to represent themselves and their gender as they wish.
Huckabee then made insinuations about the sexual implications of allowing transgendered persons the right to use restroom facilities that align with their gender identity.
“It is a good thing that that didn’t come up when I was in high school ’cause I’m pretty sure that every boy in my high school would have suddenly felt like that he was just a little more comfortable showering with the girls no matter how uncomfortable the girls might have been with it,” Huckabee stated in his speech.
Basically, Huckabee has no trust in his own community: heterosexual males.
Huckabee’s statement, which erases transgender people from the scene, places heterosexual males in their place, and implies that these males will take advantage of the legislation and ‘take on’ the female gender identity in order to shower with females.
Huckabee’s fear is certainly legitimate, because I definitely know a lot of straight men who have been itching to ‘go trans’ and use female pronouns.
In speaking out against gay marriage, Huckabee mentioned the bakery who refused to make a cake for a gay wedding, and the photographer who refused to work at a same-sex ceremony, as people who were being oppressed by the government, and told “you’re on our own.”
In fact, “You’re on your own” was Huckabee’s favorite line throughout the speech, and he used it as a rhetorical device to imply that the government is no longer working in the interests of “those of us who still believe that the biblical standard of marriage is the standard of marriage” and “those of us who believe that there is a difference between male and female.”
And he’s right.
The bible, which is the major text of a religion known as Christianity, is no longer being used to define what a legal marriage is in the United States, in accordance with one of the major tenets of its government : separation of church and state.
And those that refuse to acknowledge the right of transgender people in the United States to enjoy the same freedoms that cis-gendered people have aways enjoyed are no longer being listened to in a state that is moving towards equal rights for all of its citizens.
Huckabee concluded his speech by saying, “Is that not the craziest think you’ve ever heard?”
Yes Huckabee: a US politician arguing against equal rights for citizens, in 2013, is the craziest thing I’ve ever heard.