By Chris Hoenig
The 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: