Carson's boardroom support for gay rights could test his base

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson pauses during a commercial break at the 2016 U.S. Republican presidential candidates debate held by CNBC in BoulderBy Ross Kerber BOSTON (Reuters) – Ben Carson, frontrunner in the struggle to become Republican presidential candidate, said on Wednesday that his support for gay rights initiatives when he was a director at major companies does not clash with his opposition to gay marriage. Carson supported various initiatives at both companies, such as barring discrimination based on gender identity, providing health insurance for employees’ domestic partners, and offering more diversity training. “I think he has to explain this,” said Tony Perkins, president of the Christian conservative lobbying group Family Research Council.

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