Ben Carson: Sorry about that homosexuality, prison sex comment
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Potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is taking a step back from his most recent controversial comments on homosexuality where he said jail sex proves being homosexual is a choice people make.
He made the comments Wednesday morning on CNN’s “New Day,” and after getting significant criticism, issued an apology in a statement on Wednesday night to CNN.
Carson said he “realized that my choice of language does not reflect fully my heart on gay issues.”
“I do not pretend to know how every individual came to their sexual orientation. I regret that my words to express that concept were hurtful and divisive. For that I apologize unreservedly to all that were offended,” Carson said.
In that apology, the retired neurosurgeon reasserted his belief that the jury is still out on whether people are born gay or straight.
“Some of our brightest minds have looked at this debate, and up until this point there have been no definitive studies that people are born into a specific sexuality,” Carson said.
His comments stemmed from a question where Cuomo asked him if he thinks people have control over their sexuality, to which Carson replied, “absolutely.”
“Because a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight — and when they come out, they’re gay,” Carson said. “So, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question.”
Prior to his apology, Carson went on the radio with Sean Hannity and blasted the media for reporting on his comments, and how they were presented.
“It was a 25 minute interview they chopped, and you see what part they emphasized,” he said. “I did learn something very important: For certain networks, never do a pre-taped interview. Always do it live.”
Carson also told Hannity he’s going to stop talking about gay rights issues altogether.
“I simply have decided I’m not really going to talk about that issue anymore because every time I’m gaining momentum the liberal press says, ‘Let’s talk about gay rights,’” Carson said. “And I’m just not going to fall for that anymore.”