Prisons prove being gay is a choice because many people enter the slammer straight and walk out gay, potential presidential candidate Ben Carson said Wednesday.
The Baltimore neurosurgeon made the outlandish claims to television host Chris Cuomo on a segment of CNN’s morning show “New Day” after the anchor asked if he thought people had control over sexual orientation during a discussion about same-sex marriage.
“Absolutely,” Carson began his bizarre argument. “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?”
The 63-year-old, who announced Tuesday he’s mulling a 2016 run for President as a Republican, stuck to his guns, even asking the host if he denies that’s true.
Cuomo said he doesn’t believe it’s a basis for understanding homosexuality.
A lot of people “go into prison straight, and when they come out they’re gay,” Ben Carson said Wednesday on CNN.
“A lot of people go into jail as a drug addict and they come out as a criminal,” Cuomo responded. “Does that mean that all drug addicts are criminals?”
Carson’s controversial remarks come after Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy sparked a similar debate Tuesday when he said he “disagrees” with homosexuality and the gay “lifestyle” of MLB’s inclusion ambassador Billy Bean.
The openly gay former major leaguer was visiting the team to talk about the issue of acceptance of gays in sports.
“I completely understand why someone who believes it is not a choice, that you’re born with it, would take issue with my beliefs, that it is a lifestyle,” Murphy, a devout Christian, told the Daily News.
Ben Carson arrives to speak during the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., in February.
Carson ended his conversation by saying any two people, regardless of sexual preference, should be granted the same legal rights without having to tack on the word “marriage” to their relationship.
The author of “What We All Can Do to Save America’s Future” has become a Tea Party favorite in recent years for his message about limiting government.
He could not be immediately reached for comment.