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Ben Carson promises to roll back same-sex marriage and protect “religious objectors”

LYNCHBURG, VA - NOVEMBER 11: US Republican President candidate Dr. Ben Carson speaks at Liberty University, on November 11, 2015 in Lynchburg, Virginia. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Appearing at Liberty University, a Christian university in Lynchburg, Virginia, on Wednesday, Ben Carson dismissed evolution theory and promised to protect the “religious freedom” of people opposing same-sex marriage if elected president. Talking to a crowd of thousands of students and visitors, he disparaged “scientists” who challenge him on the idea that God created the Earth, he said, “And they say, ‘We don’t understand everything.’ And I’m not sure they understand anything! … Everybody believe what you want to believe.” He also promised that one of his policy priorities as President would be to protect the religious freedom of those who believe marriage is “between one man and one woman,” and push to make this a national law. “We’re going to have to have a president who’s willing to work with the legislature to put things back in order,” he told a cheering crowd. Liberty University, founded by Christian evangelist Jerry Falwell, has increasingly become a hotspot for politicians seeking to score points with religious conservatives, the so-called “value voters.”

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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