Retired neurosurgeon and Trump Cabinet pick Ben Carson on Thursday repeated his belief that the LGBT community should not get what he terms “extra rights.”
He made the comments during his confirmation hearing for Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development as he was being questioned by Ohio Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown. The Senator had asked Carson whether he would enforce LGBT protections in the public housing sector.
“Of course, I would enforce all the laws of the land,” Carson responded. “Of course, I think all Americans should be protected by the law.”
“What I have said before is I don’t think anyone should get ‘extra rights,’” he added. Carson’s comments mirror those he made in his 2014 CPAC speech where he said, “Of course gay people should have the same rights as everyone else, but they don’t get extra rights,” Carson said at the time. “They don’t get to redefine marriage.”
The views of the former neurosurgeon are his way of opposing marriage equality by claiming that allowing LGBT Americans to legally marry would amount to affording them ‘extra rights’ because marriage is meant to be between a man and a woman.
Carson, who is a conservative Christian, has often butted heads with the LGBT community, suggesting that they take advantage of “political correctness.”
In his beginning remarks, Senator Brown pointed out that “Dr. Carson has repeatedly commented that government assistance programs are harmful. He wrote that in the wake of the civil rights movement ‘racist people from both parties adopted a paternalistic attitude toward African Americans and enacted state and federal programs that designed to take care of people who couldn’t take care of themselves; people who are stupid, ignorant, or just plain lazy.'”
Brown also pointed out that Carson advocates the cutting of all federal assistance program regardless of how they are funded or who they serve by 10 percent until they are completely abolished, meaning that he would be working to dismantle the very department he will be leading.