Dr. Ben Carson was hit with some tough questioning in Wednesday’s presidential debate that led him to address his opposition to gay marriage. The 64-year-old retired neurosurgeon was asked by CNBC’s Carl Quintanilla about his role as a board member of Costco, one of the world’s largest warehouse retail stores. The moderator pointed out that a marketing study found Costco to be No. 1 “gay-friendly” brand in America, as it extends benefits to same-sex spouses. Carson was asked how he could be on the board of a company that has an employment policy that counters his own Seventh-day Adventist view on homosexuality. Carson explained that a person can believe in marriage as being defined as a union between only one and and one woman and also treat the gay community with equality at the same time.

“Well obviously, you don’t understand my views on homosexuality. I believe that our Constitution protects everybody, regardless of their sexual orientation or any other aspect,” Carson said. “I also believe that marriage is between one man and one woman. There is no reason that you can’t be perfectly fair to the gay community. They shouldn’t automatically assume that because you believe that marriage is between one man and one woman, that you are a homophobe.” FULL REPORT