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Ben Carson CPAC Speech: Gay People 'Don't Get Extra Rights'

03/08/2014 04:15 pm ET | Updated Mar 08, 2014

Conservative Ben Carson let loose on gay marriage during his Saturday CPAC speech, reinforcing his belief in traditional practices.

"As you know, I am not a fan of political correctness," Carson told onlookers, drawing cheers. "I still believe that marriage is between a man and a woman."

Carson went on to add that the political world is full of "ideologues" and the only people that can stop them are the American people. While he believes gay people are entitled to their rights, Carson drew the line at "extra rights" that alter the institution of marriage.

"Of course gay people should have the same rights as everyone else, but they don't get extra rights," Carson said. "They don't get to redefine marriage."

Back in April 2013, Carson stepped down as commencement speaker for Johns Hopkins University's School of Medicine after making some gay marriage comments that sparked outrage from students and faculty.

"It’s a well-established, fundamental pillar of society, and no group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in bestiality -- it doesn’t matter what they are -- they don’t get to change the definition," he said in a Fox News appearance at the time.

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