Despite his views on the LGBT community and same-sex marriage, GOP presidential hopeful Dr. Ben Carson suggested during the latest Republican debate Wednesday that he isn't anti-gay, the Los Angeles Times reports.
During the primary debate, the former neurosurgeon was asked why he served on the board of Costco, a company that treats its LGBT workers well because of its policies for domestic-partner benefits, even though Carson's policies "seem to run counter to your views."
Carson shot the claim down, however.
"Obviously you don't understand my views on homosexuality," he said.
"I believe that our Constitution protects everybody, regardless of their sexual orientation or any other aspect," he continued. "I also believe that marriage is between one man and one woman. And there is no reason that you can't be perfectly fair to the gay community. They shouldn't automatically assume that because you believe that marriage is between one man and one woman that you are a homophobe."
He said his perceived beliefs on gay people is a tactic perpetuated by liberals against him.
"This is how they frighten people and get people to shut up," Carson said. "You know, that's what the PC culture is all about, and it's destroying this nation."
Carson's latest anti-gay gaff came earlier this year when the doctor argued that being gay is a choice, citing prisoners "who go into prison go into prison straight" but leave gay. Carson later apologized for his remarks, saying he "realized that my choice of language does not reflect fully my heart on gay issues."