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Ben Carson: Gay People Should Have Equal Rights But Not 'Extra Rights' Like Redefining Marriage — VIDEO


Dr. Ben Carson - a "conservative hero" who compared gay marriage to NAMBLA and sex with animals and was subsequently forced to step down as a commencement speaker last year at Johns Hopkins University, despite his backpedaling attempts to apologize, took the stage at CPAC yesterday and said he would “continue to defy the PC police who have tried in many cases to shut me up," Right Wing Watch reports.

Added Carson: “Of course gay people should have the same rights as everyone else. But they don’t get extra rights, they don’t get to redefine marriage."


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  1. And you Ben Carson belong in prison for such hate speech. Marriage is not yours to define. Marriage is a civil right, not a religious right. You suck. You belong behind bars.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Mar 9, 2014 12:21:28 PM

  2. Who's going to milk that cow Miss Scarlett?

    Posted by: enchantra | Mar 9, 2014 12:21:50 PM

  3. But all good Christians should get the extra right to discriminate against anyone of their choosing.

    Posted by: e.c. | Mar 9, 2014 12:29:54 PM

  4. Ben Carson is the north end of a southbound horse.

    Posted by: Dearcomrade | Mar 9, 2014 12:41:09 PM

  5. He is the perfect spokesperson for the Republicans as he has that wicked doublespeak down quite well. Unfortunately, we are witnessing the end times of the GOP. I presume they will continue to implode like a dark star and end up feeding the black holes of America soon by 2016.

    Posted by: Pietro | Mar 9, 2014 12:46:53 PM

  6. Then we should probably invalidate any interracial marriages since Loving vs. Virginia legally redefined marriage for him. Those darn 1960's PC people!

    Posted by: ernest1960 | Mar 9, 2014 12:48:14 PM

  7. Getting paid to spout talking points everyone else is spouting is about the easiest job in the world.

    Posted by: anon | Mar 9, 2014 12:56:37 PM

  8. Ol' Benny boy is right about the idea that no one should have 'extra rights' - like the 'extra' heterosexual right to marry. Everyone is required by law to be equal - as we're happy seeing happening right now in the courts. Both law and science are based on logic and reason, so the bizarre, random 'beliefers' are going to be SOL ad infinitum.

    Posted by: Tarc | Mar 9, 2014 12:59:18 PM

  9. Not this canard again. Couldn't you say the same about desegregation? Those uppity blacks wanting special rights to eat at our lunch counters!

    Posted by: P | Mar 9, 2014 1:13:22 PM

  10. Meh...the group he is talking too at one time thought, "black people should have the same rights...but not the extra rights to inter racially marry".

    America is a progressive country Mr. Carson. If you do not like it...then please return to the plantation.

    Posted by: Chrislam | Mar 9, 2014 1:13:49 PM

  11. Don't you wish the world would never change? In the 1780s, for the writers of the Constitution, freedom and equality meant freedom and equality for white males. That definition was all messed up in the mid-19th century.

    Posted by: jmartindale | Mar 9, 2014 1:21:06 PM

  12. every time i re-watch Django Unchained I'm dazzled by how brilliantly Samuel L. Jackson brought this character to life.....

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 9, 2014 1:24:48 PM

  13. stop comparing the decades long plight of people of color that is still going on with gay rights. you are not helping yourself ANY. You also come off extremely racist.

    Posted by: Derrick | Mar 9, 2014 1:43:42 PM

  14. stop comparing the decades long plight of people of color that is still going on with gay rights. you are not helping yourself ANY. You also come off extremely racist.

    Posted by: Derrick | Mar 9, 2014 1:43:43 PM

  15. Nobody is "redefining" marriage. Two consenting adults choosing to spend their lives (hopefully) together.

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | Mar 9, 2014 1:47:27 PM

  16. this man went to med school at Hopkins, so presumably he's able to think logically, but

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Mar 9, 2014 1:54:27 PM

  17. it's the religions that are asking for special rights.

    i'll be glad when the marriage battle is over so we can concentrate our political energy on taking back the churches' privileged positions, such as being tax exempt.

    Posted by: ascanius1 | Mar 9, 2014 2:05:58 PM

  18. He got into CPAC? Did he have to wait tables?

    And where are the GOPathetic members comments? Speaking of waiting tables.

    Posted by: james st. james | Mar 9, 2014 2:08:11 PM

  19. Just for the record, this point was addressed in the Prop 8 trial and the judge ruled that claiming that gay people had the same right to marriage as straights because they were free to marry the opposite sex partner of their choice was not valid.

    For one, it places an undue burden on gay and lesbian citizens by requiring them to marry someone they are not sexually attracted to. Further, it is not in the state's interest to encourage marriages where there is fundamental sexual incompatibility, as that's one of the primary reasons cited for divorce.

    And yes, it's exactly the same argument as the one against interracial marriage. In that case, the interracial couples sought to "redefine marriage" by making it about race-mixing, and the claim was that they were having no rights taken away because they were free to marry the same-race partner of their choice just like everybody else.

    Posted by: guywithacorgi | Mar 9, 2014 2:10:44 PM

  20. So... we can have equal rights as long as we never, ever, use those equal rights and remain second class citizens.

    Posted by: Gregory in Seattle | Mar 9, 2014 2:18:32 PM

  21. I hope someone got some footage of Sarah Palin giving him a bl*w j*b.

    Posted by: Mike | Mar 9, 2014 2:31:50 PM

  22. @ Derrick. I don't care whether it is a Black bigot or a white bigot who attacks equality for gay people. Discrimination is discrimination. Pointing out a Black man's bigotry by using the history of his race is perfectly fair game.

    Posted by: jmartindale | Mar 9, 2014 2:50:17 PM

  23. well, derrick, at least black people could find comfort within their own families.
    when i was growing up in the 1970s, gay teens had no one to turn to or talk to.
    you couldn't tell other kids and you couldn't tell your parents because you feared rejection or expulsion from your own home.
    being gay and being black are different.
    buy gays face(d) a lot of hatred, and they often had to face it alone.

    Posted by: woody | Mar 9, 2014 3:22:02 PM

  24. Wasn't Rosa Parks demanding "extra rights" by not accepting an area-based seating assignment like everyone else who used a bus?

    It would be interesting to see him answer that one since it is basically the same argument he is using, with the issues replaced. If a logical argument is sound, and you do such a replacement, what you get is also valid. So his only acceptable way out is to admit that his argument was flawed.

    Posted by: Bill | Mar 9, 2014 4:03:41 PM

  25. @jmartindale: in one respect your analogy is a bit off - the people (at least some of them) who wrote the U.S. constitution did not necessarily think that only white males deserved rights. Instead, they compromised to get something everyone would agree to. The idea of counting slaves as a fraction of a person was a compromise - the northern states didn't want them counted at all unless they had a right to vote. The southern states wanted them counted for determining the number of representatives they had, but didn't want them to have a right to vote.
    So they split the difference.

    Posted by: Bill | Mar 9, 2014 4:12:55 PM

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