Ben Carson Says You Don't Have To Be Anti-Gay To Oppose Same-Sex Marriage

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
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For Ben Carson, homophobia and being anti-same-sex marriage are mutually exclusive. 

During the third Republican presidential debate, Carson claimed that the issue was intentionally divisive and that he’s not homophobic, The Huffington Post reported.

“I believe that our Constitution protects everybody, regardless of their sexual orientation or any other aspect. I also believe that marriage is between one man and one woman. There is no reason that you can't be perfectly fair to the gay community (if you’re opposed to same-sex marriage),” Carson said, according to the Los Angeles Times. "This is one of the myths that the left perpetuates on our society. This is how they frighten people and get people to shut up.”

Carson claimed that so-called political correctness on social issues - like same-sex marriage - are “destroying the nation.”

"The fact of the matter is, we the American people are not each other's enemies," he said. "It's those people who are trying to divide us who are the enemies.”

Carson’s record on same-sex marriage and the LGBT community has been slammed by advocacy groups. According to CNN, Carson has said being LGBT is a choice and that prison makes people gay, but he later backtracked on his word choice. "Some of our brightest minds have looked at this debate, and up until this point there have been no definitive studies that people are born into a specific sexuality," he said.

Sources: The Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, CNN Image via Gage Skidmore/Flickr