GOP presidential candidate Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonOvernight Tech: AT&T chief takes the stand to defend merger | Facebook keeps most users out of EU data law's reach | HUD reopens probe into Facebook housing ads | Venture capital firms go to bat for cryptocurrencies Overnight Finance: IMF chief warns against US-China trade war | Trump, Abe can't strike deal on tariff exemptions | Republicans push Trump to rescind Gateway funds Facebook investigated over alleged housing discrimination MORE said he “strongly disagreed” with the Supreme Court's decision Friday to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide but acknowledged it is “now the law of the land.”

“I call on Congress to make sure deeply held religious views are respected and protected,” Carson said in a statement issued following the court's historic ruling. “The government must never force Christians to violate their religious beliefs.”

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The Medal of Freedom recipient’s reaction to the ruling, which struck down all same-sex marriage bans across the country, stands in stark contrast to those of his fellow GOP presidential candidates.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee called the ruling “irrational” and “unconstitutional.”

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who launched his presidential campaign on Wednesday, said the decision would “pave the way for an all out assault against the religious freedom rights of Christians who disagree with this decision.”

GOP front-runner, former Gov. Jeb Bush (Fla.), meanwhile, had a more tempered reaction, saying only that he believes “the Supreme Court should have allowed the states to make this decision.”