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WATCH LIVE: Ben Carson Announces 2016 GOP Presidential Bid

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Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson will officially announce his entry into the 2016 Republican Party primary at a campaign event at the Detroit Music Hall starting 10:30 am ET.

Watch Carson's live announcement, AFTER THE JUMP...

Previously, "8 Moments That Prove 2016 GOP Hopeful Dr. Ben Carson is a Dangerous, Anti-gay Extremist"

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8 Moments That Prove 2016 GOP Hopeful Dr. Ben Carson is a Dangerous, Anti-Gay Extremist: VIDEO

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Dr. Ben Carson, a conservative neurosurgeon who has been designated an "anti-LGBT extremist" by the Southern Poverty Law Center, is throwing his hat into the ring of those seeking the GOP nomination for President of the United States.

He told WJLA in an interview Sunday night that he's planning to run. Carson has scheduled a more official announcement that will take place at 10 am Monday.

Watch his Sunday night statement, AFTER THE JUMP...

Carson is among the leaders of the GOP candidates in terms of animus toward the LGBT community. Here's why.

1. THINKS BEING GAY IS A CHOICE:

In April, Carson  promised not to talk about LGBT issues any more following a disastrous Chris Cuomo interview in which he claimed that it's possible to prove that homosexuality is a choice because some people are gay when they leave prison:

"Because a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight -- and when they come out, they're gay. So, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question."

2. OPPOSES BANS ON HARMFUL 'CONVERSION THERAPY':

Carson has also called the LGBT community the "flavor of the day" and does not support bans on harmful "conversion therapy" saying the issue "should be left to therapists and to individuals."

3. SUPPORTS ANTI-GAY 'RELIGIOUS LIBERTY' BILLS:

Carson is firmly in support of various anti-gay "religious freedom" bills being pushed around the country:

"It is absolutely vital that we do all we can to allow Americans to practice their religious ways, while simultaneously ensuring that no one's beliefs infringe upon those of others. We should also serve as champions of freedom of religion throughout the world."

4. JOKED ABOUT CHRISTIANS HARMING GAYS:

In January, when discussing the "religious liberty" issue, Carson suggested that gays might want to buy their cakes from a non-Christian baker, lest they be poisoned:

"What I have a problem with is when people try to force people to act against their beliefs because they say 'they're discriminating against me.' So they can go right down the street and buy a cake, but no, let's bring a suit against this person because I want them to make my cake even though they don't believe in it. Which is really not all that smart because they might put poison in that cake."

5. SUPPORTS THE REMOVAL OF PRO-EQUALITY JUDGES AND JUDICIAL EFFORTS TO OBSTRUCT GAY RIGHTS:

Carson also defended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore's efforts to obstruct the implementation of marriage equality in Alabama against the orders of a federal court.

Carson said Moore ""understands the importance of preserving states’ rights in the modern post-Civil War world in which we live."

Carson also believes Congress should remove judges who rule in favor of same-sex marriage.

6. HAS COMPARED GAYS TO PEDOPHILES AND PEOPLE WHO HAVE SEX WITH ANIMALS:

Carson has compared gay people with pedophiles and people who have sex with animals. 

“Marriage is between a man and a woman. It’s a well-established 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.”

7. BELIEVES LGBT ADVOCATES ARE THE ENEMIES OF AMERICA:

He said that gay rights activists are “hateful people” and “the enemies” of America because they “try to divide everybody up” and “incite people to anger and to hatred.”

8. OPPOSES MARRIAGE EQUALITY AND WARNS IT WILL BRING WORLD'S DESTRUCTION:

He has said that gay marriage "is a finger in your eye to God" and a Marxist plot to impose a "new world order." In America the Beautiful: Resdiscovering What Made This Nation Great, a 2012 book written with Candy Carlson, he wrote:

“[I]f we can redefine marriage as between two men or two women or any other way based on social pressures as opposed to between a man and a woman, we will continue to redefine it in any way that we wish, which is a slippery slope with a disastrous ending, as witnessed in the dramatic fall of the Roman Empire.”

Watch Carson make his pre-announcement announcement, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Carly Fiorina Officially Enters 2016 GOP Presidential Race: VIDEO

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Carly Fiorina, a former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, announced on Good Morning America today that she will seek the 2016 Republican nomination for president, USA Today reports:

Fiorina's business record is also a likely target for opponents, given her forced removal from the top job at Hewlett-Packard in 2005. She also lacks political experience and lost her only previous race for public office, a 2010 bid to unseat Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.

The latest Republican candidate plans to start her official campaign with an online town hall Monday via the app Periscope. Fiorina also plans a tour of early caucus and primary states over the next several days, including stops in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.

Fiorina joins Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, and Ted Cruz, who have all formally declared their campaigns. Ben Carson is expected to announce his campaign plans earlier today while Mike Huckabee is expected do so on Tuesday. 

In February, Fiorina said that "the worst thing the Supreme Court can do right now" is legalize marriage equality nationwide. 

Watch Fiorina's announcement, AFTER THE JUMP...

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John Boehner: Whatever SCOTUS Decides, the States Should Continue to Handle Marriage — VIDEO

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On Meet the Press on Sunday, Chuck Todd sat down with House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to talk about a number of issues 2016, Benghazi, health care, and the upcoming SCOTUS marriage ruling.

Back in 2012 and 2013, of course, Boehner authorized a budget of $3 million to wage a losing battle to defend the Defense of Marriage Act. The Speaker has also said that he "cannot imagine" supporting marriage equality even if his own son were gay.

Asked Todd today on MTP:

"If the Supreme Court rules how a lot of people expect them to rule, legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states, do you anticipate gaveling a platform of the Republican party at the Cleveland convention in your home state of Ohio that is still going to have a platform calling for a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage?"

Replied Boehner:

"I don't know what's going to happen at the Republican convention. But listen, I believe in traditional marriage, but I also respect the views of others. I'll let the Court make their decision but at the end of the day the states are well equipped to deal with this. They've been dealing with it, and they should continue dealing with it."

Asked why he didn't sign on to an amicus brief by Republican members of Congress opposing marriage equality, Boehner added:

"I have no idea. Probably because I wasn't asked. I probably would have signed on."

Watch (marriage talk begins at 3:25), AFTER THE JUMP...

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Jeb Bush Stokes Right-wing Fears That Religious Leaders Will Soon Be Forced to Perform Gay Weddings: VIDEO

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Jeb Bush wants your vote, especially if you're a Christian who is deeply concerned same-sex marriage may soon completely erode the First Amendment's freedom of religion.

Pointing to Tuesday's Supreme Court oral arguments while at a forum hosted by the National Review yesterday, likely GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush echoed Justice Antonin Scalia's fears that clergy may soon be forced to perform same-sex weddings if the Supreme Court rules for marriage equality (a claim that Matt Baume has already thoroughly debunked)

Added Bush:

"We need to get to a place where government is not going to discriminate against people because of their sexual orientation and at the same time make sure that there is ample space for people not just to have a religious view or just to be religious but to actually act on their religious view. Conscious is what we need to protect and I fear we're not finding that balance right now..."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Bernie Sanders Enters 2016 Presidential Race Taking Aim at Hillary: 'We're Going to Win This Thing' - VIDEO

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Officially announcing his entry into the 2016 presidential election today, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) told ABC News' Jonathan Karl why he's confident he'll win the Democratic nomination.

"I think the American people have had enough establishment politics," said Sanders. "We are looking at a system where our democracy is being owned a handful of billionaires. That is wrong." Sanders added that he believes the Clintons are part of this system.

Earlier this week, Sanders tweeted his longstanding support for LGBT equality with another Clinton jab:

Watch ABC News' report on the big announcement, AFTER THE JUMP...

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