Carson says Constitution protects ‘everybody regardless of their sexual orientation’

Current GOP frontrunner says in debate that even though he opposes marriage equality he is not a homophobe

Lisa Keen  |  Keen News Service

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Dr. Ben Carson

The Republican presidential field’s current frontrunner Ben Carson said Wednesday night, Oct. 28, he is not a homophobe and believes “our Constitution protects everybody regardless of their sexual orientation.”

Carson made the remark in response to a question from a CNBC debate questioner Wednesday night, during the third Republican presidential debate.

CNBC moderator Carl Quintanilla noted that the national warehouse chain Costco has been identified as one of the most gay friendly employers in the country. Carson had served on the Costco board of directors for more than 16 years when he stepped down in May of this year, when he announced his campaign for president.

Quintanilla asked Carson whether his being on the Costco board ran counter to his views on homosexuality.

“Well, obviously, you don’t understand my views on homosexuality,” said Carson. “I believe our Constitution protects everybody, regardless of their sexual orientation or any other aspect. I also believe that marriage is between one man and one woman. And there is no reason you can’t be perfectly fair to the gay community.

“They shouldn’t automatically assume that because you believe marriage is one man and one woman that that you are a homophobe,” he continued. “This is one of the myths that the left perpetuates on our society. This is how they frighten people and get people to shut up. That’s what the PC culture is all about. And it’s destroying this nation. The fact of the matter is we the American people are not each other’s enemies. It’s those people who are trying to divide us that are the enemies.”

Rich Tafel, a longtime Republican gay activist and former head of the national Log Cabin Republican group, said he thinks Carson’s response “might mark the end of the culture war against gays in politics.”

“Given the opportunity to distance himself from Costco or corporations that have been champions for gay rights, he mumbled that he believed that marriage is between a man and women, but then went onto an impassioned defense of gay people deserving freedom and that he’s not a homophobe,” said Tafel. “When you consider he’s probably the most far right candidate on social issues who early in the campaign made a comment about gay being a choice (prison as proof) he’s come a long way.

Essentially,” Tafel said, “it marks the moment where in a race for everyone to get to the far right, gay issues aren’t the ones you grab onto (unlike the 1990s). Also, the fact that he shares the lead with Trump who has gone out of his way to be gay supportive despite running a populist campaign. Bottom line, we win!”

The question to Carson was the only question of the evening that touched on any LGBT-specific issue. The rest of the prime-time debate and an earlier debate with low-polling candidates were focused on a wide range of issues and on exploring the viability of certain candidates and their comments against each other.

Carson has in recent days begun polling in first place in at least some polls asking how Republican primary votes nationwide are leaning. A CBS/New York Times poll taken Oct. 21-25 found 26 percent of 575 Republican primary voters support Carson, 22 percent support Donald Trump, and single-digits support the other 13 GOP candidates still hoping to win the nomination.

At the beginning of October, Trump was in the lead with 27 percent, followed by Carson with 21.

Over the years, Carson has made a number of statements that question his commitment to fairness for the gay community. He has equated marriage for same-sex couples with bestiality, said prison proves sexual orientation is a choice, and said he believes allowing same-sex couples to marry is equivalent to tossing the “word of God … into the garbage.”

In his closing remarks, Carson reiterated this theme of rejecting “political correctness,” a buzzword Carson uses to refer to criticisms of candidates who oppose equal protection for LGBT people and other minorities.

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WATCH: Restaurant owner calls disabled and gay customers ‘freaks’, refuses to serve them

 

The owner of an Enid, Okla., restaurant is under fire after a customer claimed he was discriminated against because he’s disabled, KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City reported.

Gary’s Chicaros’ owner, Gary James, didn’t make things much better when he gave an interview to a local news station: “I’ve been in business 44 years, I think I can spot a freak or a f**got,” he told KFOR.

Matt Gard, who was a regular diner at Gary’s, said James’s treatment of disabled and minority customers has increased over the years. He said he was recently kicked out while trying to enjoy a steak dinner.

“He doesn’t like certain people of race, colour, ethnicity,” Gard told KFOR. “Now, he tried to find a weak excuse not to let me in with my wheelchair or the weak excuse of having loud people with me.”

James denies Gard’s claims, saying he banned Gard for another reason. “He created an issue. You only have one time here. You create an issue, you’re out forever.”

“If you work, you own a business, pay your taxes, you’re more than welcome here,” he said. “[But] if you’re on welfare, stay at home and spend my money, there.”

At least 140 other people took to Gary’s Chicaros’ Facebook page to share their stories of being discriminated against by James.

All of which shouldn’t be a surprise, considering the official T-shirts at Chicaro’s. Those shirts say “F**got-Free Zone,” the N-word, and include threats against Muslims and Democrats.

James wears the shirt openly and says he’s proud of it.

“I really don’t want gays around,” he said “Any man that would compromise his own body would compromise anything.”

When KFOR’s reporter, who is Asian, asked James if he’d call her a “ch**k,” he said only if they were drinking and “joking around.”

“If I reached over there and slapped the sh*t out of you, you should be offended,” he said. “But to call someone a ‘ch**k’ or someone call me a bigot, that doesn’t bother me.”

This article first appeared on Gawker.

—  Steve Ramos

Oft-fined Mavs owner Mark Cuban, once called ‘faggot’ by Kenyon Martin, mum on Kobe penalty

It was with great anticipation that we awaited Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban’s response to our inquiry about the $100,000 fine levied against Kobe Bryant by the NBA on Wednesday for shouting an anti-gay slur at a referee.

After all, Cuban is no stranger to being fined by the league. According to Wikipedia, Cuban has racked up more than $1.5 million in fines for 13 incidents, including several involving criticism of referees.

On the other hand, Cuban was once on the receiving end of an anti-gay slur from a player. Kenyon Martin of the Denver Nuggets called Cuban a “faggot motherfucker” after a playoff game in 2009 (video above). Martin was retaliating for Cuban’s comments a few nights before, when the Mavs owner told Martin’s mother that her son was a “thug.”

Finally, Cuban is no homophobe. After former NBA player John Amaechi came out as gay in 2007, Cuban went on national TV and said that if a current player came out they would be a hero and become rich, despite some “idiots” who might condemn them. Read Cuban’s subsequent interview with Dallas Voice here.

So, how would all this factor in to Cuban’s thoughts on Kobe’s fine? Here’s his response to our email from this morning:

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Let’s show Philip James some love!

I got an email sent directly to me (not one of the many comments on my Bill Maher post) from a fella named Philip James, whose email address is philipjames@look.ca, saying the following:

[S]o, you think Mahr [sic] says the truth? that Sarah Palin is a cunt? then it also must be true that gays, fags, queers are aberrations in DNA and are not natural… they are basically screw ups in natural selection… by the way, I am a comedian – just saying

He sure is a comedian — he can’t even spell Maher’s name correctly. He’s obviously an asshole and a homophobe, and I thought you might all want to tell him what you think of his enlightened approach to gay orientation.

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Homophobe of the day: Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George on marriage

The Windy City Times:

“No one has the right to change marriage, neither “the Church” nor “the state.” While it is one thing “creating laws so that people don’t feel persecuted, don’t create a law that says apples are oranges. For a lawmaker to do so he “betrays his vocation to pass good law, especially problematic for a “Catholic lawmaker.”

— Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, commenting on the Catholic Church’s  opposition to civil-unions legislation recently passed by the Illinois General Assembly. His “argument was not with Mother Church but with Mother Nature,” adding that anyone who advocates same-sex marriage or its equivalent “has lost touch with the common understanding of the human race.”

Cardinal George then attempted to mitigate his bigotry by saying he has a nephew, who, despite being a homo, is a “fine man.”
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Homophobe Matt Barber accuses gays of making him look ‘limp-wristed’

crossposted on Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters

Since it's the weekend, I am going to take a break from the serious stuff and do something I enjoy immensely – making fun of the homophobic Peter LaBarbera and Matt Barber.

On his Americans for Truth webpage, LaBarbera made the following claim regarding an interview between him and Barber:

In the first part of the interview, LaBarbera discusses how homosexual activists manipulated a photo of Matt taken at a pro-family protest to try and make him look “limp-wristed.” (Barber, a former heavyweight boxer, ably describes the “queer” activists’ penchant for putting down their foes by calling them …. homosexuals.) See the hateful Joe Jervis’ embarrassingly sophomoric use of the trick Barber photo HERE.

 LaBarbera is talking about this photo of Barber looking especially like he is “family.”

m barbdr The sad thing about LaBarbera' s statement is that so much of it is false. The photo was not taken at a “pro-family” protest. It was taken at an anti- Proposition 8 protest from two years ago. And we have proof of this because of the link LaBarbera so generously provided. The original photo is below.

Perhaps LaBarbera was claiming that Barber's presence equaled a “pro-family” protest. Well counting Barber and LaBarbera, that was two protesters there. Whoop te do. I wonder what they sang as a protest song.

 

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And of course LaBarbera's claim of the photo being a “trick” is highly specious. I did not listen to LaBarbera's explanation of how this was possible (mainly because I prefer my Metamucil taken orally and not audibly) but from what Jervis told me, LaBarbera was claiming that the “trick” had something to do with the shutterspeed of the camera.

Whatever.

The original photo of Barber and other photos were originally posted on Pam's House Blend. So basically this idea that us gay activists manipulated a photo of Barber to make him look limp-wristed is a serious flight of fancy on the part of LaBarbera and Barber, much like the idea that either of them can be taken seriously as anything but two men with too much time on their hands and too much preoccupation with the so-called nocturnal habits of gay men. They both need to get real jobs.

Barber looking extremely limp-wristed in his photo had nothing to do with us. All we did was to take advantage of his faux pas because honestly, poking fun at Barber (and LaBarbera) is so enjoyable that is should be considered fattening.

UPDATE: Porno Pete LaBarbera accuses me of being a hypocrite while ignoring his own activities

 

 

 

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Homophobe Sherri Shepherd is getting married

Reader Brad writes:

Sherri Shepherd is engaged!

Why should someone authoring a political blog care about this? Hear me out.

Sherri Shepherd of The View. Yes, that’s her. I watched just after the Obama election as she told America through tears that the election of an African-American President created a moment when she was able to tell her niece that finally she could “be anything she wanted to be.” She was saying that the election of a black President meant symbolically that little black children are equal to everyone else.

I cried with her. I felt the joy of the moment.

Then, not that long after that tearful moment, I tuned into The View and watched as the same Sherri Shepherd talked about how her pastor might be put in jail if gay marriage were allowed in California.

I felt betrayed. In Sherri’s America all minorities should be equal to everyone else……unless you are gay. THAT minority should be denied rights such as marriage and the litany of rights that go along with marriage. She actually looked at the camera and said, “I don’t want to see my pastor arrested and put in jail.”

So, back to why you should care and should report on this…. Sherri is joyously announcing her engagement, a right that she HAS and that gay people do not. And, she used her somewhat sizeable media exposure to spread fear instead of truth and contributed to irrational fear and bigotry winning out on Proposition 8 in California.

So forgive me if I can’t get excited about her engagement. She is exercising a right that she has helped to deny others. She is spreading fear and misinformation. That makes her an enemy of gay America.

That’s why we should care. She has the audience and she’s misusing it to hurt us by spreading fear and misinformation. She’s not our friend.

You’ll recall that she’s the same person who thought the earth was flat. More on her homophobic rantings here.



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Homophobe Ike Skelton being talked about as possible Secretary of Defense

I hope this is a joke. Putting one of the lead opponents of repealing DADT as Secretary of Defense? Yeah, that would be a wise move.

But speculation for the top Pentagon job in recent days has included two respected veterans on military matters, both with bipartisan credentials and hands-on experience: John J. Hamre, a deputy defense secretary in the Clinton administration who now leads the Center for Strategic and International Studies while running the Defense Policy Board, an advisory panel to Mr. Gates; and Ike Skelton, the Missouri congressman who lost his seat last week, and with it the chairmanship of the House Armed Services Committee.

Then again, Obama appointed a staunch opponent of repealing DADT as the new Marine commandant, so don’t for a minute put this past him.



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Rachel learns Alaska Teabagger Joe Miller is a classic right-wing homophobe

Yeah, forget all the talk that teabagger candidates care solely about fiscal issues. Joe Miller, the GOP/Teabagger in Alaska, conveyed his strong anti-gay views to Rachel Maddow yesterday.

Also, as posted on AMERICAblog, we also learned that Miller violated ethics policy at his old job, lied about it, then had to admit he lied.



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What does Ken Mehlman have to say about his former boss, anti-gay Texas Rep. Lamar Smith?

Congressman Lamar Smith, R-Texas

If we could ask Ken Mehlman only one question, it might just be something about his one-time boss Lamar Smith.

Mehlman, the formerly anti-gay former RNC chair who recently came out as gay, served as Smith’s legislative director in the 1990s. Smith, meanwhile, seems to be vying for the title of No. 1 homophobe in Congress.

• In August, Smith sponsored a resolution to condemn U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker’s decision declaring Proposition 8 unconstitutional.

• Also in August, Smith announced plans to introduce federal legislation that would define marriage as between one man and one woman.

• And now, Smith is asking a federal court to allow him to intervene in a case to help defend the Defense of Marriage Act, according to Keen News Service. The Alliance Defense Fund announced Tuesday it had filed motions on behalf of Smith asking to intervene in two cases in which a U.S. district judge in Massachusetts declared DOMA unconstitutional. The ADF argues on behalf of Smith that the Obama administration isn’t doing enough to defend the 1996 law, which some gay-rights activists don’t think the administration should be defending at all.

Interestingly, Smith’s Democratic opponent in November, Lainey Melnick, touts her opposition to DOMA prominently in the issues section of her website:

“It will be up to the [Supreme Court] to decide if the Defense of Marriage Act violates the Constitution by forcing the states to discriminate against same-sex couples,” Melnick writes. “This decision could uphold that federal encroachment over the areas where states have sovereign jurisdiction, such as with marriage, is unconstitutional and leaves marriage in the hands of the states. This question is to be answered by the courts, not the Congress. But I do believe that the US Constitution provides equal rights for all people, including same sex couples who want to get married, who want to own property, who want to make medical decisions, who want to share insurance expenses, who want to immigrate, who want to work, who want to serve in our military, and who deserve to live their lives free of discrimination.”

Unfortunately, Smith represents a pretty safe Republican district in Central Texas, and Melnick is facing some long odds. But who knows, maybe Smith’s one-time legislative director, Ken Mehlman, has something to tell us about him.

—  John Wright