Activist: Gay People ‘Don’t Get Extra Rights’… Like Marriage

Conservative activist Ben Carson says the LGBT community is entitled to the same rights as everyone else, but marriage is an “extra right” that crosses the line.

By Chris Hoenig

Ben Carson Gay MarriageThe LGBT community has the same rights as straight people, according to conservative activist Dr. Ben Carson, just not “extra rights” … like the right to marry.

Carson’s comments, on Saturday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) outside Washington, D.C., came as he accused the media of twisting his previous speeches about same-gender marriage. “You know, because I happen to mention that nobody gets to change the definition of marriage and mention some other categories, they said, ‘Carson said that gay marriage and bestiality are the same thing,’” he told the crowd. “Well, that’s preposterous. Of course they are not the same thing. Anybody who believes that is a dummy, but anybody who believes somebody who says that somebody said that is a dummy. That’s the problem, OK?

“Of course gay people should have the same rights as everyone else, but they don’t get extra rights,” he continued. “They do not get to redefine marriage.”

The previous comments Carson was referring to—which followed a similar theme to Saturday’s—were made last year in an appearance on FOX News. “My thoughts are that marriage is between a man and a woman,” he told Sean Hannity. “It’s a well-established, fundamental pillar of society, and no group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in bestiality—it doesn’t matter what they are, they don’t get to change the definition.”

The comparisons of gay marriage to bestiality and pedophilia led to Carson’s eventual withdrawal as commencement speaker for the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

A neurosurgeon by trade, Carson has a long history of controversial comments. In addition to his stance on gay marriage, Carson has also made headlines for comparing the Affordable Care Act to slavery, saying that Americans need to “reeducate the women” about abortion because “they get all riled up,” and has referred to white liberals as “the most racist people there are.”

You can watch his entire CPAC speech below:

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13 comments


  • Open mouth; insert foot. And some people think this guy should run for President?

    • Definitely did not put his foot in his mouth. He is probably a whole lot more intelligent most of this country. He is just a man who stands up for his beliefs and a definition of marriage between a man and a woman is not outdated, it is an eternal law and should not be changed by man. Homosexuality would cause the extinction of mankind. There is something wrong with the world if they think homosexuality is natural.

      • Luke Visconti

        LGBT people must have been around when the Bible was written, or the men who wrote the Bible wouldn’t have mentioned them. Yet they have not caused the extinction of mankind yet, have they, Smiley.

        What are you afraid of in the wee hours of the morning? Afraid you’ll find Marcus Bachmann looking back at you when you look in the mirror? Luke Visconti, CEO, DiversityInc

  • It’s not only sad but embarrassing as well. How can someone so educated sound so ignorant?

  • No doubt Dr. Carson is an intelligent and talented doctor. On the political side of things, he should just shut up because his extremist views are starting to make him look a little foolish. He is part of the problem with conservatives; they want to attract more minorities but seem to find only the most kooky that fit the mode of their political views.

  • In the correct context I agree with most everything he says. Unfortantly the sound bite culture reads between the lines and blows things way out of scale

  • Well, it is true that LGBT has not caused the extinction of man, but it has come close. God sent a flood to destroy man because people had become lovers of men to men and lovers of women to women. We then still do not learn our lesson so God destroys an entire city. But as the cycle goes we still will not learn. So what’s next on God’s list. Our God is an Awesome God.

    • Luke Visconti

      I see—an exclusive God, for certain people only … who is unipotent and all-powerful but also judgmental to the point of killing people again and again. Luke Visconti, CEO, DiversityInc

  • patricia landers

    Luke,
    I hear a petulant, sarcastic tone in Luke’s responses on this one. It is not professional to make snide remarks about Michelle Bachman or the Bible.

    • Luke Visconti

      It’s the interpretation of the Bible that the poster made I’m remarking on—it has everything to do with his blanket condemnation of people and the repercussions he thinks are forthcoming (which haven’t happened). As far as Marcus Bachmann, he put himself out there as a person who can “convert” gay people to heterosexual by “praying the gay away.” I didn’t chose his line of work. If you search on YouTube for his videos, it’s clear to many people that his chosen field appears to be satire.

      You will find a vigorous support of the human and civil rights of LGBT people on this website. If that bothers you, this may not be a good choice for your daily reading. Luke Visconti, CEO, DiversityInc

  • Some of Dr. Carson’s comments about LGBT people echo what slavemasters and their descendants used to say about Black people, who used to be denied basic human rights like life, liberty, marriage, the ability to keep their families together, etc. These aren’t “extra” rights, but fundamental ones.

    • David Andersen

      grannybunny, I was about to say the same thing. It is so alarming to hear people who have allegedly suffered from racism, inequality, and prejudice spouting the same trash towards gays. What always gets me beyond that, are the quotes they use from the Bible that has been translated from multiple languages, by multiple rulers, kings, and corrupt leaders. I am very familiar with the teachings of the bible, and you don’t get to pick and choose which parts you want to use to condemn the rights of others. If you want to quote it….bring it!…..but lets not leave out the parts that do not allow you to eat pork, shellfish, fat, wear your head uncovered, wear mixed fabrics (no cotton polyester??), shave or cut your hair, get a tattoo, have a mixed garden, no wine (unless its at church?), and don’t even think of touching your “unclean” wife that special time of the month. I guess it just depends on which of the 30+current versions of the bible you look at. I’m going to stick with treating everyone one with respect..regardless of their background. That has worked well for me.

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