“Dr.” Ben Carson: Homosexual Behavior in Prison is Proof Homosexuality is a ‘Choice’
Ben Carson, a likely candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, spoke with CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Wednesday and floored the host with his assertion that homosexuality is a “choice’ because people who went to prison “come out gay.”
Cuomo asked the former neurosurgeon if courts should intervene when states deny people rights like what “happened very often with slavery, like many would argue is happening now with people who are gay.”
Carson replied that in the case of slavery, “our Constitution was followed and we corrected those things.”
“You can’t just say because it happened that way, this time this is the same situation,” Carson said. “It’s not the same situation. Because people have no control over their race for instance.”
“You think they have control over their sexuality?” Cuomo asked.
“You think being gay is a choice?” Cuomo asked again.
“Absolutely,” Carson replied. “Because a lot of people who go into prison, go into prison straight, and when they come out they’re gay. So, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question.”
“Most gay people never go to prison,” Cuomo noted. “And you know, there’s a whole theory of dominance.”
“I said a lot of people who go in come out [gay],” Carson interjected.
“I’m denying that’s a basis for understanding homosexuality,” Cuomo shot back.
“If in fact that is the case then it obviously thwarts what you just said,” Carson responded. “But here’s what’s important, why do gay people want to get married? Because they want to have various rights, property rights, visitation rights.”
“They want their commitment to count just like mine and my wife’s.” Cuomo argued.
“Why can’t any two human beings — I don’t care what their sexual orientation is — why can’t they the legal right to do those things?” Carson asked. “That does not require a change in the definition of marriage.”
“But it would require covering that union as you do others, which is called marriage in our society,” Cuomo pressed.
“I don’t think so,” Carson concluded.