Ben Carson Clarifies his Stance on Race, Homosexual Marriage and Other Issues at National Action Network Conference

J. COUNTESS/GETTY IMAGES Potential Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson (right) clarified his stances on gay marriage and race while speaking at Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network conference.
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Potential Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson (right) clarified his stances on gay marriage and race while speaking at Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network conference.

Potential Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson on Wednesday split his time at Al Sharpton’s National Action Network conference between explaining who he is — and who he’s not.

The pediatric neurosurgeon, who could soon become the first black man to jump into the 2016 contest, told the tale of his rise from the humblest of beginnings while seeking to debunk what he called false impressions about his stances on hot-button issues.

“I don’t hate gay people. I just happen to believe marriage is between a man and a woman,” Carson told Sharpton’s annual gathering of civil rights activists in midtown.

Carson also said it’s not true that he denies the prevalence of racism in America or that he dislikes those of his own race: “I love black people!” he declared.

He also dismissed as “a bunch of crap” the contention that his religious views somehow conflict with an acceptance of scientific principles.

Carson pleased the crowd by speaking of his faith and by regaling his audience with a litany of African-American inventors and entrepreneurs as a way to encourage self-empowerment and pride among minorities.

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Source: New York Daily News | CELESTE KATZ

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