During confirmation hearings yesterday for the future Housing and Urban Development Secretary, Ben Carson was questioned regarding his take on LGBT housing discrimination.
He was specifically asked if he though HUD had a duty to reduce the discrimination that the LGBT community faced on a daily basis. However, Carson’s response to the question was quite vague and side-stepped the issue saying that he opposed LGBT individuals having “extra rights.”
Carson answered in this manner:
“Of course, I would enforce all the laws of the land. And I believe that all Americans regardless of any of the things that you mentioned should be protected by the law. What I have mentioned in the past is the fact that no one gets extra rights. Extra rights means you get to redefine everything for everybody else. That doesn’t seem very fair to me.”
However, later on when pressed on the issue by Senator Cortez Masto, Carson promised to “absolutely” protect the LGBT community from being discriminated against.
While he second response to Masto was somewhat promising, he are still perplexed by what “extra rights” he thinks the LGBT community is requesting. Maybe his statement regarding “extra rights means you get to redefine everything for everybody else” has to do with his stance on gay marriage, but that has nothing to do with HUD, so we are still left pondering his intent.