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Ben Carson: LGBTQ Americans will not be given ‘extra rights’ for public housing

Ben Carson: LGBTQ Americans will not be given ‘extra rights’ for public housing

Ben Carson, who has been nominated to be the next U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, said during his confirmation hearing on Thursday that LGBTQ Americans do not deserve ‘extra rights’ when it comes to public housing.

The 65-year-old former GOP presidential candidate was asked by Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown of the Democratic Party whether he would enforce LGBT protections in the public housing sector.

‘You have in the past raised questions about whether LGBTQ people should enjoy the same rights as everyone else,’ Brown said to Carson. ‘Do you believe that HUD has a duty to take actions that promote equal access to housing opportunities for LGBTQ people?’

‘Of course I would enforce all the laws of the land, and I believe that all Americans, regardless of any of the things you mentioned, should be protected by the law,’ Carson replied.

He added: ‘What I have mentioned in the past is that no one gets extra rights. Extra rights means you get to redefine everything for everybody else.’

Watch the exchange here:

Carson’s answer copies the comments he made at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference where he asserted that gay people do not have the rights to legal marriage.

‘Of course gay people should have the same rights as everyone else, but they don’t get extra rights,’ he said to a roaring conference crowd. ‘They don’t get to redefine marriage.’

Watch his speech here:

Clearly, the man knows very little about the discrimination and issues faced by the LGBTQ community.