The campaign of right-wing theocrat and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee continues to gain traction—he now leads the pack in Iowa and South Carolina—and the former Arkansas governor hires Reagan re-election strategist Ed Rollins to chair his campaign.
Perhaps one of Rollins' first tasks will be to revise and soften Huckabee's positions on women. In June 1998, the Southern Baptist Convention issued its famous "statement on the family" that decreed, "A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ." Women are not allowed to serve as clergy or laity in the Southern Baptist Church and two months after this statement, Huckabee, who at the time was the sitting governor of Arkansas and an ordained Southern Baptist minister, "was one of 131 signatories to a full-page ad in USA Today specifically endorsing the Convention’s view on marriage."
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