GOP presidential hopeful Ben Carson believes homosexuality is “absolutely” a choice. His proof? “A lot of people. . . go into prison straight, and when they come out, they’re gay,” the retired neurosurgeon said Wednesday in the above interview with CNN host Chris Cuomo. “So did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question.”
In the clip, Cuomo appears dumbfounded by the logic and follows with a rational observation. “I’m not denying that’s true,” he says, “but I’m denying that’s a basis of understanding sexuality. . . A lot of people go into jail a drug addict and come out a criminal. Does that mean all drug addicts are criminals?”
Carson maintains that civil issues should be controlled at the state, not federal, level. When Cuomo compares the same-sex marriage issue to constitutional changes following the abolition of slavery, Carson is adamant those are two unrelated issues. “People have no control over their race,” he says. He also closes out the interview by telling gay people why they want to get married and examining the meaning of the word “marriage.”
“Why do gay people want to get married?” he asks. “Because they want to have various rights — property rights, visitation rights. Why can’t any two human beings, I don’t care what their sexual orientation is, why can’t they have the legal right to do those things? That does not require changing the definition of marriage.”
Carson, 63, created an exploratory committee for a campaign run earlier this week. The politician is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Medicine and the only African-American expected to enter the 2016 presidential race for the GOP. He gained national exposure after criticizing Obamacare at the 2013 National Prayer breakfast.