Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson recently said he would look at the evidence before deciding whether or not to ban gays from serving in the military.
Carson also said he would consider rolling back the new regulations that opened all military jobs to women.
According to NCRM, Carson just promoted retired Army Major General Robert F. Dees, who is one of his top advisors, to be his new campaign manager and chairman.
In an interview with CNN, Carson said he was willing to rollback the roles of gays and women in the military, which Dees labelled as “social engineering” in the military.
Dees believes that there are some jobs in the military that can’t be done by everyone.
“Everyone is not good at everything,” Dees said. “We have tried experiments within the military, such as the role of women in combat.” The retired Army Major General said. “Most women could not carry a 230-pound soldier off the battlefield.”
“There are just certain realities where men can do certain things better, women can do certain things better,” Dees said. “We don’t need to throw everybody into every position as an experiment just because we’re trying to appear to be fair to everyone.”
Despite studies that have shown otherwise, Dees claimed that gays in the military negatively affect unit “cohesion.”
“The first priority again is cohesion, and the second priority would be that the commander-in-chief listens to the best military advice,” Dees said.
Carson did not address Dees’ claims, but he has a history of making anti-gay statements.
At the start of his presidential campaign, Carson compared gays to pedophiles. He also called homosexuality an abomination and said prison proves that being gay was a choice.
During the CNN interview, Carson said he would consider a ban on homosexuals serving in the military and banning women from combat roles.
Carson also said he would examine “evidence” before making a decision.
“One of the things that I learned in a long medical career is that you make decisions based on evidence, and not on ideology. So yes, I would be willing to sit down with people from both sides and examine the evidence and make decisions based on what the evidence shows,” Carson said.
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