Dr. Ben Carson, an anti-gay extremist and potential candidate in the 2016 GOP presidential primary, said Wednesday that being gay is “absolutely” a choice because prisons prove people choose to be gay.
“Because a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight — and when they come out, they’re gay,” Carson said during an interview on CNN with Chris Cuomo. “So, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question.”
The former neurosurgeon argued that LGBT people do not deserve the same equal protection under the law because they could choose not to be gay.
“You can’t just say because it happened that way, this time this is the same situation,” Carson explained. “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.
“Absolutely,” Carson replied.
“You think being gay is a choice,” Cuomo pressed.
“Absolutely,” Carson said. “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.”
To be clear, The American Psychological Association says “there is no consensus among scientists” on how a person’s sexual orientation is developed.”
In a 2013 Fox News interview, Carson argued that legalizing gay marriage would pave the way for legal bestiality and pedophilia. He later backtracked and apologized for the comment, insisting it “was taken completely out of context and completely misunderstood.”
Watch the exchange below: