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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee waves to supporters in Hope, Ark., Tuesday, May 5, 2015, after he announced that he is running for the Republican presidential nomination. Huckabee pitched himself as the best GOP candidate to take on Democratic favorite Hillary Rodham Clinton. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee enters a stage in Hope, Ark., before announcing his entry in the race for the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday, May 5, 2015. Huckabee pitched himself Tuesday as the best GOP candidate to take on Democratic favorite Hillary Rodham Clinton. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks to supporters after announcing his intention to run for the Republican nomination in the race for president in Hope, Ark., Tuesday, May 5, 2015. Huckabee pitched himself Tuesday as the best GOP candidate to take on Democratic favorite Hillary Rodham Clinton. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
WAUKEE, IA - APRIL 25: Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee prepares to speak to guests gathered at the Point of Grace Church for the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition 2015 Spring Kickoff on April 25, 2015 in Waukee, Iowa. The Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition, a conservative Christian organization, hosted 9 potential contenders for the 2016 Republican presidential nominations at the event. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
WAUKEE, IA - APRIL 25: Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee speaks to guests gathered at the Point of Grace Church for the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition 2015 Spring Kickoff on April 25, 2015 in Waukee, Iowa. The Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition, a conservative Christian organization, hosted 9 potential contenders for the 2016 Republican presidential nominations at the event. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
In this April 18, 2015 photo, former Arkansas Republican Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks at the Republican Leadership Summit in Nashua, N.H. For Democratic politicians, same-sex marriage has become an easy issue: They're for it. Many Republican VIPs, notably the presidential hopefuls, face a far more complicated landscape. Some of the most conservative contenders such as Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Huckabee, are comfortable using forceful language in opposing gay marriage and railing against judges who have struck down state laws against it. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)
NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 10: Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks during the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum at the 2015 NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits on April 10, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. The annual NRA meeting and exhibit runs through Sunday. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Missy Wilcox, of Waukee, Iowa, center, holds her seven-month old daughter Sadie as she talks with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, left, and Republican Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, during the Homeschool Iowa's Capitol Day, Thursday, April 9, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
DES MOINES, IA - MARCH 07: Former Governor Mike Huckabee of Arkansas fields questions from Bruce Rastetter at the Iowa Ag Summit on March 7, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa. The event allows the invited speakers, many of whom are potential 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls, to outline their views on agricultural issue. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee waits backstage before speaking during the Freedom Summit, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckbee, left, and his wife Janet wave as they are recognized at Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson's inauguration ceremony at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks during the Freedom Summit, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks to supporters of David Perdue senate campaign at the Smok'n Pig restaurant on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, in Valdosta, Ga. Perdue is facing Democrat Michelle Nunn for the U.S. Senate in the general election. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)
Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks to an early morning crowd at the Smok'n Pig restaurant in support of David Purdue's senate campaign on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, in Valdosta, Ga. Perdue is facing Democrat Michelle Nunn for the U.S. Senate in the general election. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)
FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2014 file photo, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks in Ames, Iowa. More than a dozen potential Republican candidates are contemplating White House bids in 2016 in what’s shaping up as a crowded and diverse field. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, left, sits next to Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus, right, before Huckabee spoke at the Republican National Committee winter meeting in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Former Arkansas Gov. MIke Huckabee addresses the media during a news conference held by a group supporting Republican Todd Akin Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, in Kansas City, Mo. Akin is running against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill for the Missouri Senate seat. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee laughs as he is greeted after a meeting of the Political Animals Club in Little Rock, Ark., Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. Huckabee spoke to the group early Friday. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee autographs a book after speaking at a meeting of the Political Animals Club in Little Rock, Ark., Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks during The Family Leadership Summit, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Former Arkansas Gov. and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee speaks at a GOP Freedom Summit, Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Manchester, N.H. Several potential Republican White House contenders _ among them Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Cruz, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee _ headline a conference Saturday in New Hampshire, hosted by the conservative groups Citizens United and Americans for Prosperity. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md., Friday, March 7, 2014. Friday marks the second day of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, which brings together prospective presidential candidates, conservative opinion leaders and tea party activists from coast to coast. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee sits down for lunch before speaking at the Republican National Committee winter meeting in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. Huckabee isn’t rushing to have his name included among the crowded field of potential Republican presidential candidates. But he isn’t closing the door, either, as he meets Thursday with the GOP’s cardinals at the Republican National Committee.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks during a anti-abortion rally at Lafayette Park in Washington, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks at the Republican National Committee winter meeting in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. Huckabee isn’t rushing to have his name included among the crowded field of potential Republican presidential candidates. But he isn’t closing the door, either, as he meets Thursday with the GOP’s cardinals at the Republican National Committee. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
ANAHEIM, CA - JANUARY 22: Baseball player Bernie Williams and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee at the 2014 National Association of Music Merchants show block party at the Anaheim Convention Center on January 22, 2014 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)
Former governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Former governor of Arkansas Michael Huckabee addresses delegates during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2012, file photo, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington. The Republican National Committee has announced that Huckabee will be one of the speakers at the GOP Convention. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee greets supporters at a fund-raising luncheon for a Republican Congressional candidate in Hot Springs, Ark., Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012. Huckabee's wife Janet Huckabee, center, walks through the crowd. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, left, is greeted by Republican Congressional candidate Beth Anne Rankin at a Rankin fund-raising luncheon in Hot Springs, Ark., Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Sunday said being gay is akin to choosing to drink alcohol or use profanity - lifestyle choices he says are appealing to others but not to him.

The former Baptist pastor, who is weighing a second run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, also claimed that forcing people of faith to accept gay marriage as policy is on par with telling Jews that they must serve "bacon-wrapped shrimp in their deli." That dish would run afoul of kosher rules in the same way Huckabee sees asking Christians to accept same-sex marriages.

"We're so sensitive to make sure we don't offend certain religions, but then we act like Christians can't have the convictions that they have had for over 2,000 years," Huckabee said.

Huckabee has made cultural issues the cornerstone of his likely White House bid. The former Baptist pastor is counting on social conservatives and evangelicals who have great clout in early nominating Iowa to help him.

His comments about gays and lesbians seem targeted at the conservative corners of his party.

Yet he also included a pitch for inclusion in his remarks.

Huckabee said he appreciates different viewpoints on gay marriage, adding that he has gay friends.

"I accept a lot of people as friends maybe whose lifestyle I don't necessarily adhere to, agree with or practice. Doesn't mean that I can't have a good relationship with anyone or lead them or govern them," Huckabee said.

But he remained steadfastly opposed to rights for gays and lesbians, although research has found a biological basis for their attraction to others of the same sex.

"I don't chuck people out of my circle or out of my life because they have a different point of view. I don't drink alcohol, but, gosh, a lot of my friends, maybe most of them, do. You know, I don't use profanity, but, believe me, I have got a lot of friends who do," Huckabee said.

"Some people really like classical music and ballet and opera. It's not my cup of tea. I would like to think that there's room in America for people who have different points of views without screaming, shouting and wanting to shut their businesses down."

Such rhetoric is central to Huckabee's efforts to engage social conservatives.

In recent weeks, Huckabee has picked fights with the White House over President Barack Obama's friendship with Beyonce Knowles. Huckabee says the Obama daughters should not treat the entertainer as a role model because she is overly sexual.

In his latest book, Huckabee also says Beyonce's husband, rapper Jay-Z, is more of a "pimp" than a spouse.

Huckabee spoke on CNN's "State of the Union."

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