Two days after Houstonians voted against an ordinance allowing transgendered people to use the bathroom of their choice, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson suggested the creation of a “transgendered bathroom” to solve the issue.
Carson made the comment during an interview with Fusion’s Jorge Ramos, in which he also said that while he’s for equal rights for all, including the LGBT community, he isn’t for giving them or anyone else “extra rights.”
“How about we have a transgender bathroom?” Carson asked when Ramos asked him about the now-defeated ordinance. When the host asked him if that’s his solution, Carson said. “Sure, absolutely.”
“It is not fair for [transgender people] to make everybody else uncomfortable,” Carson said. “It’s one of the things that I don’t particularly like about the [LGBT] movement. I think everybody has equal rights, but I’m not sure that anybody should have extra rights — extra rights when it comes to redefining everything for everybody else and imposing your view on everybody else.”
“The way this country was designed, it was live and let live. That’s the way I feel,” Carson told Ramos. “I feel, gay people, they can do anything they want.”
“But you’re against gay marriage,” Ramos said to Carson, who currently sits second in the Washington Examiner’s latest power rankings.
“I believe marriage is between a man and a woman,” Carson said. “But I don’t care what somebody else thinks. They can do whatever they want. What I object to is they try to change the definitions for everybody, and then impose that upon everybody.”