Ben Carson, the Republican presidential candidate, is the latest candidate to call for legalizing gay marriage.
The retired neurosurgeon and retired neuro-athlete said Tuesday he would like to see same-sex couples wed in the United States.
Carson said he is open to legalizing same-gender marriage if it would “serve the public good.”
“I’m not sure I agree with that, and I’m not for that,” Carson said in a radio interview with WLAC in Philadelphia.
“I think there are some fundamental differences between a couple who’s married, that’s what the institution of marriage is, that you can’t force that on people.
So I’m open to looking at it.”
Carson is not the first GOP presidential hopeful to embrace gay marriage, though he has been one of the most vocal proponents of such a proposal.
He was a vocal supporter of same-day registration, a campaign for gay couples to register and vote in the wake of a 2008 Supreme Court decision that struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act.
During his speech, Carson said that in his view, marriage is between a man and a woman.
But he said the “real issue is not marriage.
The real issue is children.
I know there are a lot of people who say, well, you know, I just think that’s a moral issue.
It’s a human issue.
I think there is a place for different views, but I think it’s a much better way to do it.”
In a statement to BuzzFeed News, the Campaign for Southern Equality, the nation’s largest gay rights group, called Carson’s position “deeply troubling.”
“He has made it clear that he supports the same-year marriage ban, a law that is now being challenged by his fellow Republicans in Congress,” said Campaign spokesman Brian Brown.
It’s the latest in a series of GOP candidates who have come out in support of same sex marriage.
In September, former Arkansas Gov.
Mike Huckabee announced that he would marry his same-Sex Partners in a private ceremony.
In June, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum said he would support legalizing same sex couples.
And in April, former South Carolina Gov.
Nikki Haley said she would not seek a sixth term in the 2018 Republican presidential primary.