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Ben Carson compares gay marriage to car seats for kids

Ben Carson has a history of making offensive statements about the LGBT community

Ben Carson - Credit: Gage Skidmore/flickr

Ben Carson – Credit: Gage Skidmore/flickr

Ben Carson has a history of making offensive statements about the LGBT community — and his opposition to same-sex marriage is well known — but this latest thought process from the renowned neurosurgeon is just bizarre.

In his new book A More Perfect Union, Carson tackled the issue of altering laws to allow same-sex couples to marry.

“Laws and regulations should be designed to address normal situations while providing special mechanisms for the creation of exceptions in abnormal situations,” Carson writes, according to PinkNews. “Changing the law governing the normal situation in order to accommodate the abnormal situation is like requiring that car seats be designed to accommodate conjoined twins as well as anatomically normal children.

“The more sensible thing would be to require car seats to accommodate typical children and design special car seats for atypical children as needed,” he continues. “This principle can be applied to a host of situations in our nation. For example, most people are heterosexual, and changing the definition of marriage to suit those outside that definition is unnecessarily complicated.”

TJ Helmstetter, Democratic National Committee spokesperson, took Carson’s unusual stance to attack both him and the Republican field for their outdated views on marriage equality.

“Today, Ben Carson has released a great summary of the entire Republican field’s talking points. Thanks Ben Carson!” Helmstetter stated. “Our children’s freedom is threatened by abortion. Immigrant families should be deported. Gays shouldn’t be allowed to marry.

“We’ve heard it all before from the Republican field, and now we’re reading it in Ben Carson’s book,” he continued. “Carson, Trump, Bush, Fiorina, Rubio and the others — it’s no coincidence that they agree on so much. They would shut down the government to defund Planned Parenthood, and they’d all take our country backwards.”

Carson currently polls second for the Republican nomination, behind the ever buoyant Donald Trump.

Rhuaridh Marr is Metro Weekly's managing editor. He can be reached at

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