Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said Sunday that clerks opposed to marriage equality should be excused from having to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

During an appearance on ABC's This Week, host George Stephanopoulos asked Huckabee to explain what he meant by calling on people to “resist and reject” the Supreme Court's decision striking down state bans on gay marriage.

“So, are you calling for civil disobedience?” Stephanopoulos asked.

“I don't think a lot of pastors and Christian schools are going to have a choice. They either are going to follow God, their conscience, and what they truly believe is what the Scripture teaches them, or they will follow civil law. They will go the path of Dr. Martin Luther King, who in his brilliant essay, the Letters [sic] From a Birmingham Jail, reminded us based on what St. Augustine said, that an unjust law is no law at all.”

“What about county clerks? Will they issue same-sex marriage licenses?”

“If they have a conscientious objection, I think they should be excused,” Huckabee answered.

He also criticized President Barack Obama's decision to light up the White House in rainbow colors to celebrate the court's ruling. “If I become president … please don't complain if I were to put a nativity scene out during Christmas and say, you know, if it's my house, I get to do with it what I wish, despite what other people around the country may feel about it.”