Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has strongly suggested that as president he would “deliver” on a law that protects opponents of marriage equality.

Introduced June 17 by Senator Mike Lee of Utah and Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho, the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) seeks to bar federal “discriminatory action” against those who oppose such unions based on a “religious belief or moral conviction.”

“The Federal Government shall not take any discriminatory action against a person, wholly or partially on the basis that such person believes or acts in a religious belief or moral conviction that marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman, or that sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage,” the bill states.

Speaking to contributor Shane Vander Hart in Iowa, Huckabee eagerly endorsed the proposed legislation.

“Yeah, I would sign it,” Huckabee said. “But I think it's, uh, you know, important for us to note that when people file a bill, that doesn’t mean it's gonna become law. A lot of people say I’m gonna file, I’m gonna introduce an amendment. What’s important is when does it get signed? When does it become law? We need a President who can shepherd legislation through. It's one of the reasons that I think somebody who has been a governor, who has understood the process and the role of getting a piece of legislation – not introduced, heck, anybody can do that – can you get it delivered all the way to the point of signature and law?”

Huckabee added that as president he would “task the attorney general with the vigorous defense of people whose religious liberties are being trampled upon.”

“Instead of going out to Oregon and trying to hurt people like the Kleins, you would send the Justice Department out there to protect them,” he said, a reference to the Oregon cake shop owners who have been fined by the state for violating laws prohibiting discrimination based sexual orientation. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

Maggie Gallagher, senior fellow at American Principles in Action, praised Huckabee's endorsement.

“This is the first time I've heard Huckabee clearly endorse FADA, which is emerging as a minimum criteria for social conservatives concerned about the ongoing misuse of government power to punish gay marriage dissenters. I'm not surprised, but I'm very pleased to hear him speak so clearly.”