Nearly 30 Senate Dems urge Carson to protect LGBTQ community from housing discrimination

Nearly 30 Senate Dems urge Carson to protect LGBTQ community from housing discrimination
© Greg Nash

A group of nearly 30 Senate Democrats sent a letter to Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson on Wednesday demanding he protect members of the LGBTQ community from housing discrimination. 

The letter, signed by 29 Democrats including Sens. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineDem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick Election Countdown: Latest on the 2018 Senate money race | Red-state Dems feeling the heat over Kavanaugh | Dem doubts about Warren | Ocasio-Cortez to visit Capitol Hill | Why Puerto Ricans in Florida could swing Senate race Green Day's 'American Idiot' climbs UK charts ahead of Trump visit MORE (Va.), Cory Booker (N.J.), Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenFranken offers Dems a line of questioning for Kavanaugh's 'weirdly specific bit of bulls---' The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — GOP lawmakers race to find an immigration fix Richard Painter puts out 'dumpster fire' in first campaign ad MORE (Minn.) and Kamala Harris (Calif.), raised concerns with the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) recent decision to remove resources for members of the LGBTQ community from its website. 

"It has come to our attention that the [HUD] has, in recent months, either withdrawn or removed from its website at least six resources that were designed to help housing providers comply with HUD nondiscrimination rules that protect LGBTQ people," the letter reads.

"These changes are concerning given the unique housing challenges facing LGBTQ people across America," the letter continued. "We ask that you review these actions, describe precisely what evidence and facts justify these actions and act promptly to restore resources to HUD's website guiding providers on how to fulfill their nondiscrimination requirements under law."

Carson has come under fire in the past for his comments that LGBTQ people don't deserve "extra rights."

“Of course, I would enforce all the laws of the land,” Carson said during his confirmation hearing earlier this year when asked about LGBTQ protections. “Of course, I think all Americans should be protected by the law. What I have said before is I don’t think anyone should get 'extra rights.' "

Carson, a conservative Christian, has often run afoul of the LGBTQ community, suggesting it takes advantage of “political correctness.”

During a 2015 speech to the Iowa Freedom Summit, Carson addressed religious freedom concerns raised by Christian bakers who argued it violates their faith to bake wedding cakes for gay people.

“[That] is really not all that smart, because they might put poison in that cake,” Carson joked.