Trump’s HUD Nominee Ben Carson Thinks Housing Protections For LGBT People Are “Extra Rights”

Donald Trump’s nominee for the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson, reiterated his belief that LGBT Americans don’t deserve “extra rights,” reports The Hill.

During Carson’s confirmation hearing on Thursday, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) pressed the HUD nominee about whether he would enforce LGBT protections in the public housing sector.

“Of course, I would enforce all the laws of the land,” Carson responded. “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,’” he added.

The Hill adds:

Carson’s remarks mirror those from his 2014 CPAC speech: “Of course gay people should have the same rights as everyone else, but they don’t get extra rights,” Carson said at the time. “They don’t get to redefine marriage.”

Carson, a conservative Christian, has often run afoul of the LGBT community, suggesting they take advantage of “political correctness.”

During a 2015 speech to the Iowa Freedom Summit, Carson addressed religious freedom concerns raised by Christian bakers who argue 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.

The ACLU responded to Carson’s remarks on Twitter by saying they “strongly disagree” that housing protections for LGBT people are “extra rights.”

Here’s some more reaction on Twitter: