GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson did his best to avoid answering a question on gay rights, making good on his promise to Fox News’s Sean Hannity.
After he suffered some fallout over his televised assertion that to be gay is “absolutely” a choice, Carson told Hannity that he wouldn’t answer questions on gay rights anymore.
“I simply have decided, that I’m not going to really talk about that issue anymore,” he said, “because every time I’m gaining momentum, the liberal press says ‘let’s talk about gay rights,’ And I’m just not going to fall for that anymore.”
In a phone interview on Thursday with CNN’s Brianna Keilar, he did his best to honor that.
“Do you think that gay Americans are discriminated against, that they face discrimination?” she asked him.
“I don’t really want to talk about the gay issue,” Carson responded, “except, maybe you could get the answer for this question: What position can a person take who has no animosity toward gay people, but believes in the traditional definition of marriage that would be acceptable?”
Keilar tried again. “I have made my opinion quite clear on this issue,” Carson said. “I think the Constitution protects every single American. And everybody has equal rights; nobody has extra rights.”
After another attempt from Keilar, Carson asked if they could “move on to something more important.”
“Is there anything more important to talk about?” he asked.
In the end, Carson admitted that “everybody probably has somebody who discriminates against them.”
Here’s the interview:
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