May 8, 2015 at 5:43 pm EDT | by Chris Johnson
Carson: If gays can marry, what about ‘other groups’?
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Dr. Ben Carson says same-sex marriage would open the door to nuptials for “other groups.” (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson indicated during an interview Friday the legalization of same-sex marriage would open the door to nuptials for “other groups,” but refused to elaborate on the groups to which he was referring.

Carson, a former Johns Hopkins University neurosurgeon turned conservative commentator, made the remarks while speaking to CNBC’s John Harwood, who asked Carson about his stated opposition to same-sex marriage in his book.

“Recognize that if you change the definition of marriage for one group, what do you say to the next group?” Carson said. “Do you say, ‘Well, we changed it for this group, but that’s it, we’re not changing it for anybody else.’ Does that seem fair?”

Asked about the groups to which he’s referring, Carson replied, “There are more groups. I guarantee it. I think you know that there are more groups. Everybody knows there are more groups.”

Harwood responded with confusion, saying, “Honest to God, I don’t know what you’re talking about.” The news reporter asked the candidate whether he was talking about bigamy.

“That’s a possibility,” Carson replied. “Why would you stop with one group being able to change it, and then say to the next group, you can’t change it?”

When Harwood pointed out that he’s not advocating either way, Carson said, “I’m just asking the question.”

Carson has a history of making anti-gay comments, including statements in opposition to same-sex marriage. Just this week, he said during an interview on Newsmax TV a president wouldn’t have to follow a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court in favor of same-sex marriage, which legal observers have said is erroneous.

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6 Comments
  • I’m not saying that Ben Carson is a bigot who is representative of a huge swathe of the Republican Party with few exceptions, I’m just asking the question.

  • These morons whining incessantly about changing the definition of marriage. It’s been changed dammit enough already! It was changed in other countries before it was changed here. We don’t live in a vacuum. Just because you choose to live in denial doesn’t mean it isn’t so!
    Besides, it’s not about the word marriage, you wouldn’t accept legalization of civil unions or domestic partnerships either so it’s really about legally recognizing any gay relationships! You just use the word marriage as a smoke screen to incite more opposition to it.

  • What a bigoted bonehead! His friends back in time couldn’t have had an interracial marriage! So marriage has evolved over time!

  • when there are only two genders to begin whit, there can only be three possible combinations. It doesn’t require the skills of a neurosurgeon to figure that out.

  • Tell me again how brilliant he is, daddy. I want to hear a fairy tale before I go to sleep.

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