Rising black conservative Dr Ben Carson has been criticized over an interview he gave on Fox News on Tuesday where he compared same-sex marriage activists to a group seeking to legalize pedophilia and people who have sex with animals.
‘My thoughts are that marriage is between a man and a woman,” Carson told Fox News’ Sean Hannity.
‘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.’
Carson denied his view was the result of an anti-gay bias.
‘It’s not something that’s against gays,’ Carson told Hannity, ‘It’s against anybody who wants to come along and change the fundamental definitions of pillars of society. It has significant ramifications.’
NAMBLA stands for the North American Boy-Man Love Association and is a group seeking to legalize sex between children and adults.
Carson is the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and his comments did not go down well with colleagues.
Johns Hopkins University Program for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality co-director Professor Todd Shepard went so far as to release a statement criticizing Carson.
‘I don’t think most people at Hopkins think what he says on this subject matters. They make him look nasty, petty, and ill-informed,’ Shepard wrote.
‘Most have moved away from the hysterical and de-humanizing arguments to which Dr. Carson still clings … I and others can now judge him on those statements. It makes him look bad. But such reactionary and rancid claims do remind us of how far the general discussion has advanced beyond Dr. Carson and his far-right audience.’
Carson, the author of several books, has been feted by Fox News and other conservative media in the US since he attacked ‘political correctness’ at a National Prayer Breakfast attended by President Barack Obama in February.
Carson announced his decision to quit his university role at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and has been strongly hinting at a move into politics.
A Facebook page dedicated to making Carson run for President already has nearly 25,000 supporters.