2016 presidential hopefuls Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee brought their campaigns to Rock Springs Church in Milner Sunday night. The pair spoke at an Independence Day celebration and picnic that also featured the Charlie Daniels Band and one of the Robertsons from Duck Dynasty.
The two were competing for the attention and votes of the 6,000 member congregation by pledging their support for traditional marriage, and opposing the Supreme Court’s decision calling same-sex marriage a fundamental right. Bill Barrow of the Associated Press has the story.
Huckabee, who enjoyed evangelical support on his way to winning eight states in his 2008 White House bid, called the ruling “radical” and “illegal.”
“I want to serve notice that the Supreme Court is just the supreme of the court system that is one of the three equal branches of government,” Huckabee told hundreds of members of Rock Springs Church in a rural area outside metro Atlanta. “It is not the supreme branch, and it most certainly is not the supreme being.”
Cruz, the Texas senator, said a five-justice majority “ignored the text of the Constitution” and said the cascade of judicial and public support for same-sex marriage threatens religious liberty in America. He said he hopes the ruling “serves as a spark, to start a fire that becomes a raging inferno as the body of Christ stands up to defend the values that have built America.”
Huckabee and Cruz, along with Bobby Jindal and Rick Santorum, have been the most vocal in opposing the Supreme Court’s opinion, with Cruz going as far as calling for retention elections of judges. Huckabee has promised to sign executive orders protecting the religious liberty of those opposing marriage equality. Evangelical voters, like those in the Rock Springs congregation, make up a large share of those expected to vote in the Iowa Caucuses, the South Carolina primary, and in Georgia, which will be part of the SEC Primary on March 1st.