Potential GOP Presidential Nominee Says Bakers Who Oppose Gay Marriage May Poison Wedding Cakes
Former neurosurgeon and conservative political commentator Ben Carson is contemplating a run for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. On Saturday, in remarks given to reporters after the Iowa Freedom Summit, Carson sounded off on LGBT rights with a truly bizarre comment:
"I believe in justice and fairness for everybody. And I don't care what people's sexual orientation is. If two adults want to be together, I'm not going to stop them from being together," Carson said, after being asked about same-sex marriage. "If they even want to have a legal contract so they can share property and have visitation rights, I don't have a problem with that. What I have a problem with is when people try to force people to act against their beliefs, because they say, 'they're discriminating against me.' So, you know, they can go right down the street and buy a cake, but no, let's bring a suit against this person because I want them to make my cake, even though they don't believe in it.
"Which is really not that smart," he quipped, "because they might put poison in your cake."
Carson has a history of making inflammatory remarks about gays and lesbians. He recently called on Congress to remove judges who rule in favor of gay marriage. In the past, he has compared gay and lesbian Americans to those who practice bestiality. When called out on those comments, Carson wrote in a later book that he didn't realize he was being offensive:
"Prior to my decision to withdraw as commencement speaker, I spoke to some prominent members of the gay community at Johns Hopkins. In doing so I found out two important things: First, bestiality is particularly abhorrent in the gay community and the mention of it evokes a very emotional response. Had I known that, I would have avoided the topic, since the last thing I wanted to do was to cause unnecessary offense and distract from the matters at hand."
Does Carson think hinting of homicide-by-wedding-cake is less offensive?