Ben Carson, a conservative neurosurgeon, spoke at CPAC on Saturday and spoke once again about gay marriage in relation to his traditional beliefs. Before the crowd, Ben Carson stated what many people already know about him. He said that he is not a fan of political correctness, according to a Huffington Post report on Saturday. He went on to say that he still believes that marriage is between a man and a woman.
Carson asserted that the world of politics has many “ideologues” and that the only people who can stop them are the American people. Carson once again stated that he thinks gay people are entitled to their rights – but not “extra rights.” He does not believe they have the “extra rights” to alter traditional marriage.
Specifically, Carson said, “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.”
Previously, Carson was pressured into stepping down as commencement speaker at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Medicine after he commented about gay marriage. His comments were found to be extremely disturbing by some of the students and faculty at the university.
At that time, he said of same-sex marriage, “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 <of marriage>.”
Ben Carson came in third place in the 2014 CPAC Straw Poll with 9 percent of the vote. He was defeated by Sen. Rand Paul who came in first place with 31 percent of the vote and second place Sen. Ted Cruz who received 11 percent.