During Wednesday's GOP presidential debate, Ben Carson insisted that his opposition to marriage equality doesn't make him a homophobe.

CNBC moderator Carl Quintanilla asked Carson about serving on the board of Costco given his opposition to gay rights.

“Obviously you don't understand my views on homosexuality,” Carson responded. “I believe our constitution protects everybody regardless of their sexual orientation or any other aspect. I also believe marriage is between one man and one woman. There is no reason 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. This is one of the myths that the Left perpetrates on our society and this is how they frighten people and get people to shut up. That's what the PC culture is all about and it's destroying this nation.”

“The fact of the matter is, we the American people are not each other's enemies. It's those people who are trying to divide us who are the enemies,” he added.

In 2013, Carson compared marriage equality to bestiality and pedophilia. More recently, he said allowing gay couples to marry “negates the word of God.”