On Tuesday, he released a three-step plan on how, if he became president, he would defend those who support traditional marriage. The plan includes:

• Signing religious liberty executive orders. The executive orders would protect businesses, churches, universities and other entities from discrimination or civil or criminal penalties for exercising their religious beliefs in support of traditional marriage, according to the release by Huckabee's campaign.

• Prosecuting hate crimes against people of faith. The release said that Huckabee, if elected president, would direct the U.S. Attorney General to prosecute as hate crimes groups or individuals who discriminated or attacked individuals, businesses, religious organizations and others for their religious beliefs about marriage.

• Defending people of faith in the U.S. military. Huckabee would direct the Secretary of Defense to support military chaplains and "not force them to participate in ceremonies they find objectionable on religious grounds," the release said.

Read the entire article here: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/elections/presidential/caucus/2015/06/30/huckabee-religious-liberty-plan/29517689/

Read more about my Religious Liberty Town Hall Tour: http://mikehuckabee.com/blogs?ID=95C0C19A-DA46-4AE8-B262-FEDD23DE381C

Launches statewide "Religious Liberty Townhall Tour" across Iowa

Little Rock, Ark. - Former Arkansas governor and 2016 Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee made the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's ruling on Obergefell v. Hodges.

"The Supreme Court has spoken with a very divided voice on something only the Supreme Being can do-redefine marriage. I will not acquiesce to an imperial court any more than our Founders acquiesced to an imperial British monarch. We must resist and reject judicial tyranny, not retreat.

"This ruling is not about marriage equality, it's about marriage redefinition. This irrational, unconstitutional rejection of the expressed will of the people in over 30 states will prove to be one of the court's most disastrous decisions, and they have had many. The only outcome worse than this flawed, failed decision would be for the President and Congress, two co-equal branches of government, to surrender in the face of this out-of-control act of unconstitutional, judicial tyranny."

"The Supreme Court can no more repeal the laws of nature and nature's God on marriage than it can the law of gravity. Under our Constitution, the court cannot write a law, even though some cowardly politicians will wave the white flag and accept it without realizing that they are failing their sworn duty to reject abuses from the court. If accepted by Congress and this President, this decision will be a serious blow to religious liberty, which is the heart of the First Amendment."

On the heels of the ruling, Huckabee announced a statewide "Religious Liberty Townhall Tour" in Iowa Tuesday through Thursday, June 30-July 2.

The former governor also recently penned a USA Today editorial, "America can't bow to judicial tyranny on health care or gay marriage," which outlined some some of his concerns with the court and the threat to religious liberty. To read the editorial, click here.

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Huckabee opens Iowa campaign headquarters in Des Moines

Tour also stops in Council Bluffs, Sioux City, Cherokee, Fort Dodge,
Dubuque & Burlington


Little Rock, Ark. - On the heels of contentious gay marriage and health care rulings by the Supreme Court, former Arkansas governor and 2016 Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee announced a statewide "Religious Liberty Town Hall Tour" in Iowa next week, Tues. - Thurs., June 30-July 2. He will also host a "Iowa Headquarters Grand Opening" for his campaign.

Earlier today, Gov. Huckabee penned a USA Today editorial, "America can't bow to judicial tyranny on health care or gay marriage," which outlined some some of his concerns with the court and the threat to religious liberty. To read the editorial, click here. The following are the details of his Iowa events:

Tuesday, June 30

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. CT
Iowa Headquarters Grand Opening
3100 100th Street, Des Moines, Iowa
To RSVP, go to: MikeHuckabee.com/DesMoines

Wednesday, July 1

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CT
Council Bluffs Religious Liberty Town Hall with Gov. Huckabee
Main Street Cafe
102 South Main Street, Council Bluffs, Iowa
To RSVP, go to: MikeHuckabee.com/CouncilBluffs

2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. CT
Sioux City Religious Liberty Town Hall with Gov. Huckabee
Minerva's Restaurant
Marketplace Shopping Center
2945 Hamilton Boulevard, Sioux City, Iowa
To RSVP, go to: MikeHuckabee.com/SiouxCity

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. CT
Cherokee Religious Liberty Town Hall with Gov. Huckabee
Cherokee VFW Post 2253
113 East Maple Avenue, Cherokee, Iowa
To RSVP, go to: MikeHuckabee.com/Cherokee

Thursday, July 2

7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. CT
Fort Dodge Religious Liberty Town Hall with Gov. Huckabee
Best Western Starlite Village
1518 3rd Avenue, Fort Dodge, Iowa
To RSVP, go to: MikeHuckabee.com/FortDodge

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. CT
Dubuque Religious Liberty Town Hall with Gov. Huckabee
Pepper Sprout
378 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa
To RSVP, go to: MikeHuckabee.com/Dubuque

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. CT
Burlington Religious Liberty Town Hall with Gov. Huckabee
The Drake Restaurant
106 Washington Street, Burlington, Iowa
To RSVP, go to: MikeHuckabee.com/Burlington

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Today's King v. Burwell decision, which protects and expands ObamaCare, is an out-of-control act of judicial tyranny. Our Founding Fathers didn't create a "do-over" provision in our Constitution that allows unelected, Supreme Court justices the power to circumvent Congress and rewrite bad laws. The Supreme Court cannot legislate from the bench, ignore the Constitution, and pass a multi-trillion dollar "fix" to ObamaCare simply because Congress misread what the states would actually do. The architects and authors of ObamaCare were intentional in the way they wrote the law. The courts have no constitutional authority to rescue Congress from creating bad law. The solution is for Congress to admit they screwed up, repeal the "nightmare of ObamaCare", and let states road-test real health care reforms. 

Everywhere I go, I talk to American families who keep getting punched in the gut with outrageous insurance premiums and infuriating hospital bills. ObamaCare was railroaded through Congress to 'solve' our healthcare problems, but five years later, American families are getting railroaded by runaway mandates, big government bureaucracy, and out-of-control healthcare costs. ObamaCare is a $2.2 trillion Washington disaster that raided billions from Medicare and did nothing to fix our broken system of 'sick care,' which rewards irresponsibility and penalizes commonsense.  As President, I will protect Medicare, repeal ObamaCare, and pass real reform that will actually lower costs, while focusing on cures and prevention rather than intervention. The status quo is unfair, unaffordable, unsustainable, and completely un-American.

Governor Huckabee writes in today's USA Today:

I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square," said Catholic Cardinal Francis George. Cardinal George passed away in April, but the alarm he sounded on religious liberty rings true today.

Just as the Supreme Court ignored the plain language of the Affordable Care Act to deliver a victory to the Obama administration today, many expect the Supreme Court to abuse its power once again in the Obergefell v. Hodges same-sex marriage case.

If the Court creates a national right to same-sex marriage that doesn't exist in our Constitution, it will hijack the democratic process, subvert the will of Americans in more than 30 states who voted to protect traditional marriage, and trample on America's most fundamental right — religious liberty.

Read the entire op-ed here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/06/25/supreme-court-obamacare-religious-freedom-huckabee-column/29175727/

I salute Congressman Mark Meadows for his backbone, courage and commitment to North Carolina workers. President Obama can’t be trusted to negotiate a deal on a fishing rod at a flea market, let alone a multi-trillion dollar trade agreement with Asia that could cost North Carolina thousands of jobs.

In the face of enormous pressure from the House GOP leadership to vote for ObamaTrade, Congressman Meadows voted his conscience. For this act, he was punished by party leaders and lost his subcommittee chairmanship. Congressman Meadows values convictions over committee assignments, principle over politics, and service to Americans over service for himself. In my book, you should be lauded-not loathed. Well done Congressman, well done!