A leading African American Republican who once lumped the LGBTI community in with groups including people who have sex with animals and those advocating for the legalization of child sexual abuse has announced his formal candidacy to become the next President of the United States.
Dr Ben Carson, a conservative Christian neurosurgeon, told Fox News in March of 2013, ‘My thoughts are that marriage is between a man and a woman.’
‘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.’
NAMBLA stands for the North American Boy-Man Love Association and is a group seeking to legalize sex between children and adults.
Last August Carson spoke out against religious leaders who support same-sex marriage, saying ‘when you start distorting that, you’re really going pretty deep into the finger-in-your-eye to God.’
However Carson has moderated his public statements on LGBTI issues in the last year, apologizing in March for a statement in which he suggested that prison sex was proof that people could choose their sexual orientation.
‘A lot of people who go into prison straight, and when they come out they’re gay,’ he had told CNN.
However he later apologized in a statement, saying, ‘I do not pretend to know how every individual came to their sexual orientation. I regret that my words to express that concept were hurtful and divisive. For that I apologize unreservedly to all that were offended.’
Carson announced an exploratory committee into whether he should run for president on 3 March and he told Detroit’s CBS12 earlier today that he was formally entering the race to be president because he was worried about what kind of future his grandchildren would have.
Carson hopes to use the fact that he has never held political office before as an asset – styling himself as an outsider who wants to fix the broken politics of the US Congress.
A website for the Carson campaign so far lacks any details about what policy positions Carson intends to take to the American voters.