Republican presidential candidate and former pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson said Friday in a statement that he “strongly” disagreed with the Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage but acknowledged that it was “now the law of the land.”
Carson’s comments came after the Court ruled to legalize gay marriage across all 50 states.
“While I strongly disagree with the Supreme Court’s decision, their ruling is now the law of the land,” Carson said.
Carson said the religious rights of Americans must not be affected by the ruling.
“I call on Congress to make sure deeply held religious views are respected and protected,” he said. “The government must never force Christians to violate their religious beliefs.”
Carson also gave an opinion on marriage.
“I support same sex civil unions but to me, and millions like me, marriage is a religious service not a government form,” he said.
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