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Carson: Keep ‘Transgender Thing’ Out of the Military

Extending civil rights to transgender people should not involve the armed forces, according to Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson.

During a campaign speech Saturday in Iowa, the retired neurosurgeon told members of the Concerned Veterans For America: “I do not appreciate using our military as a laboratory for a social experiment. You know, we have too many important things to do.”

The Huffington Post pointed out that military officials are making plans to welcome transgender service members, beginning next year. Carson questioned the move, telling his audience: “When our men and women are out there fighting the enemy, the last thing we need to be doing is saying what would it be like if we introduced several transgender people into this platoon. Give me a break. Deal with the transgender thing somewhere else.”

The candidate voiced support for the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that former President Bill Clinton imposed on LGBT troops. “I mean, why do you have to go around flaunting your sexuality?” Carson asked. “It’s not necessary; you don’t need to talk about that. We need to talk about how to eliminate the enemy.”

According to the Post, the term “transgender” refers to gender identity rather than sexuality. The news site reported that about 15,000 transgender people are in the military. However, they are forced to keep their orientation secret.

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