When it comes to gay rights, Republicans are fighting a losing battle – and they know it. They don’t have a legal leg to stand on when it comes to continuing to deny gay Americans their equal rights, and as the reality continues to set in that they’re about to lose this battle, they’re getting more desperate, more petty and more vile every day.
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is one of the worst offenders. Back in March, Carson claimed that gay Americans don’t deserve equal rights because he feels that homosexuality is a “choice,” while race isn’t.
During that interview CNN”s Chris Cuomo asked, “What if people of a state vote for a law, 100 to zero, that winds up infringing on the rights of a minority — like happened very often with slavery? Like many would argue is happening now with people who are gay?”
That’s when Carson suggested that the Constitution “corrected” itself to fix those errors. Yeah, it only took, what, nearly 200 years?
Carson then went on to assert that he doesn’t see marriage equality or equal rights for gays as a civil rights issue because he believes homosexuality is a choice. This was the interview where he spouted his ignorant (and now debunked) claim that many prisoners go into prison straight yet come out gay.
Well, in a recent interview with Brett Baier on Fox News, the CNN interview was brought up and the GOP presidential candidate continued to express his frustration with homosexuals claiming that they’re owed civil rights.
“I was a little bit irritated [during the CNN interview in March] that he was equating the whole gay marriage issue with the Civil Rights movement,” Carson said. “Because, quite frankly, I didn’t remember any times when there were signs up that says, you know, ‘everybody else here and gay people have to drink at this fountain.'”
He’s right – there aren’t any signs on water fountains. Instead, homosexuals are just told they’re not allowed to marry; that they can be discriminated against at their places of employment; that they can’t adopt children; that they have no legal claim to anything if a loved one passes away; and many Republicans feel businesses have the right to deny them service based on their sexual orientation.
Oh, and he also went on to say that he doesn’t have animosity towards homosexuals, he just feels that they should “compromise” when it comes to their desires for equal protections under our laws. Because, you know, when it comes to Constitutional rights, there should always be a “compromise,” right? Especially if bigots don’t think you should have them.
Just because one sort of discrimination is different than another doesn’t mean it’s not discrimination. And it’s disgusting, in my opinion, to see someone like Carson recognize that as an African-American he is fully aware that people of color, like himself, dealt with this kind of bigotry not too long ago – then has the gall to sit there and say it “irritates” him that another group of Americans is upset that they, too, are dealing with similar bigotry and discrimination.
It’s absolutely hypocritical.
Then again, it’s not shocking. Ben Carson seems to be using this presidential run not to actually win, but to boost his fame so he can make more money. Though, sadly, there are a lot of Republicans who agree with much of what he has to say. Even if it’s as hypocritical as a man from a minority group who once had the Bible used as a tool to deny that group equal rights – trying to use the very same Bible to deny millions of Americans their equal rights.
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