Kudos to John Stewart for demolishing Mike Huckabee's religio-socialism on the question of same-sex marriage.
Huckabee sounded like every typical out-of-touch bible-thumping bigot, with their tired nonsensical circular arguments that essentially come down to : marriage is an 'institution' only between one male and one female because the law says only one male and one female can be married....and that's the way it's always been and that's the way it must always be...world without end, amen.
Many religious fundy social engineers like Governor Huckleberry are often quite adept at dancing around and obfuscating the simple truth that the whole question comes down to their desire to make the law of the land forever conform to their medieval-minded biblical interpretations and pseudo-Christian religious beliefs.
They have nothing else (certainly not any real moral suasion) to support their position. As a result, their hackeneyed quasi-secular arguments simply fall apart under any serious legal, historical, or logical scrutiny.
Stewart aptly notes how inter-racial marriage was once illegal, while polygamy was once the norm. He also notes that slavery was once the law of the land, as was segregation.
Let's face facts. Mike Huckabee's facade as a thoughtful, soft-spoken, logical individual is just that : a facade.
Huckabee's seemingly-reasonable demeanor masks the essential socialist that he is on issues directly bearing on the personal lives of American citizens.
The extent to which he wants government to have a decisive role in regulating the most personal of interpersonal relationships between consenting adults in a free society, particularly through the continued codification and reinforcement of arbitrary discrimination, is disturbing.
This type of reactionary ideology that puts religious dementia ahead of equal protection of the law, based purely on faux-moral hocus-pocus dredged out of some fear-driven backwater of ignorance, is why Mike Huckabee will never be anything more than an ex-Governor of Bubba land, also-ran presidential wannabe, and Fox News time-filler.