Ben Carson: More emphasis needed on Christians’ rights

Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonREAD: Ben Carson's letter clarifying testimony on protections for homeless transgender people Exclusive: Carson seeks to clean up testimony on protections for homeless transgender people Harris leads California Democrats in condemning HUD immigrant housing policy MORE, a retired neurosurgeon and possible Republican presidential candidate, said Thursday morning that concerns about the rights of Christians and members of other religions are not receiving as much attention as worries about discrimination toward other groups.

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“I would like to see as much emphasis on the rights of Christians and people who are members of the faith community as to some of the other groups,” he said on CNN’s “New Day,” during an exchange about the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

He was pressed by host Chris Cuomo on whether he would address issues related to sexual orientation if elected president.

“It seems to be a topic, a person’s sexual orientation, that is of a fair amount of concern to you,” Carson said, saying he didn’t find it as interesting.

“I respect the LGBT community,” he said. “I respect the traditional marriage community.”

In a March interview, Carson and Cuomo got into a heated discussion about sexuality, when Carson said that being gay was “absolutely” a choice.

“Because a lot of people go into prison straight and when they come out, they’re gay,” Carson said at the time. “So, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question.”

He later apologized for his comments.

On Thursday, Carson also declined to condemn “conversion therapy," the highly controversial practice of trying to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity through therapy.

“My position is that that kind of thing should be left to therapists and individuals,” Carson said.

On Wednesday night, the White House issued a statement stating its opposition to the practice.

The practice, which has been banned in multiple states and the District of Columbia, is supported by some religious groups.