Put it in the facepalm category. While introducing presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee at a campaign rally, Republican Rep. Steve King claimed that the recent Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage will lead to people marrying lawnmowers.
It shouldn’t come as a major surprise that King is a supporter of Huckabee. Both men are part of the religious right and Christian coalition within the Republican party. King and Huckabee have both been extremely vocal in their opposition against same-sex marriage and LGBT equality, and in 2009, when the Iowa Supreme court ruled that a ban on same-sex marriage violated the state’s constitution, King called for the judges to resign. While firing up the crowd during a July 30 campaign speech for Huckabee, the Iowa congressman told the audience “you can marry my lawnmower.”
This isn’t the first time that King has spoken about same-sex marriage leading to people marrying objects. As Slate points out, King spoke with a local Iowa newspaper, detailing a conversation he had with a “Christian lawyer” who warned him about the questionable marriage possibility.
“I had a strong, Christian lawyer tell me yesterday that, under this decision that he has read, what it brings about is: It only requires one human being in this relationship—that you could marry your your lawnmower with this decision. I think he’s right.”
Huckabee didn’t not comment on the lawnmower hypothetical, but has been one of the strongest anti-gay voices in the Republican party. Of the current 17 Republicans running for office, Huckabee has been polling in the middle of the pack, with the most recent Quinnipiac University poll showing 6 percent support for the former governor of Arkansas.