Ben Carson sat down last week for an interview with Jorge Ramos, where he was asked for his thoughts on the controversy surrounding the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance which was rejected by voters. You can see his response below:
JORGE RAMOS: Let me ask you — In Houston recently they rejected a measure that would have banned discrimination against the LGBT community. Dr. Carson, should transgender men and women use any public bathroom they choose?
BEN CARSON: How about we have a transgender bathroom?
RAMOS: Would that be your solution, your proposal?
CARSON: Sure. Absolutely. There is absolutely no reason —
RAMOS: How would that work?
CARSON: It is not fair for them to make everybody else uncomfortable. It’s one of the things that I don’t particularly like about the [LGBT] movement. I think everybody has equal rights, but I’m not sure that anybody should have extra rights — extra rights when it comes to redefining everything for everybody else and imposing your view on everybody else. When, you know, the way that this country was designed it was live and let live. That’s the way I feel. So, I feel that gay people, they can do anything they want.
RAMOS: But you’re against gay marriage?
CARSON: I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman, but I don’t care what somebody else believes. They can do whatever they want. What I object to is they get to change the definition for everybody and then impose that upon everybody.
RAMOS: But isn’t that inconsistent with what you just wrote? You say in your book, page 53, that “we should apply our civil rights laws equally to all Americans.” Gay [people] are Americans, transgender [people] are Americans.
CARSON: I stand by that, but that doesn’t mean you get to change the definitions of long-standing pillars of society. That’s different.