March 29, 2013 at 3:52 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Ben Carson’s same-sex marriage comments spark outrage

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Dr. Ben Carson (Photo public domain)

A Baltimore neurosurgeon who is a rising star among Republican circles on Tuesday sparked outrage when he said gays, pedophiles and those who engage in bestiality cannot “change the definition” of marriage.

“My thoughts are that marriage is between a man and a woman,” Dr. Ben Carson, director of Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery, said during an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity. “It’s a well-established fundamental pillar of society. And no group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA (North American Man/Boy Love Association,) be they people who believe in bestiality — it doesn’t matter what they are. They don’t get to change the definition.”

LGBT rights advocates were quick to criticize Carson for his comments.

“Ben Carson clearly has no concept of gay and lesbian people who have formed loving, committed couples and families,” GLAAD Director of News and Faith Initiatives Ross Murray told the Washington Blade, noting the media watchdog group has added him to its Commentator Accountability Project that documents public figures who have made anti-LGBT statements. “He’s not an expert, but merely an anti-gay uninformed talking head.”

Carson, who in 1987 became the first surgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins, delivered the keynote address at the National Prayer Breakfast in D.C. in February. He also spoke at the Conservative Political Action Committee’s annual conference that took place at National Harbor earlier this month.

A group of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine students and faculty members have urged the university to replace Carson as this year’s commencement speaker over the controversy.

Carson told the Baltimore Sun on Friday he would be “happy to withdraw” if “they think me being there is going to be a problem.”

He also apologized for his comments to Hannity during his interview with the newspaper and other media outlets.

“You know, as a Christian, you know, I have a duty to love all people and that includes people who have other sexual orientations, and I certainly do, and never had any intention of offending anyone,” Carson told MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell. “If anybody was offended, I apologize to you. But what I was basically saying is that there is no group. I wasn’t equating those things, I don’t think they’re equal.”

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

  • So the guy works on the nerves of children? The frickin’ prick gets on my nerves too!

    He seems to think that makes him a God on Earth. If we’re lucky the real higher power will introduce him to that thing called karma. Like he slices one of those invaluable fingers off But he’s a man of color so it doesn’t surprise me at all! I’ll bet he whines about anyone that suggests blacks aren’t perfect! Hypocrite!

  • Marriage is between a man and a woman. DONE

  • Gay marriage has been legal in my native Massachusetts for several years now. No children have been harmed, and the sky hasn’t fallen. Deal with it.

  • Ben Carson should withdraw as commencement speaker and should in the future stick to medicine and his foundation. I understand he is retiring and the world of politics certainly doesn’t need another bigotted individual spouting nonsense about the LGBT community. The sad thing is that it is easy to apologize but what comes out of your mouth the first time around is usually what you actually believe. Like Congressman Don Young )R-Alaska) and his remarks on the Hispanic community clearly it is what he believes – the apology means very little.

  • I'm thankful he only operates on children, wouldn't want to go under HIS knife. And get off you're 'christian' high horse, you're not a christian, just a ignorant bigot. You make Jesus puke!

    • This sort of reminds me of that story about the shoemaker's daughter. You know, the one where she went barefoot. So here we have a brain surgeoun…who apparently has no brain! I guess since he was at Fox he had to sound like a complete asshole to fit right in.

  • feelings are mutual.

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