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GOP presidential hopeful Ben Carson says prison sex is proof that being gay is a choice, just his latest anti-gay comment.

"A lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight — and when they come out, they're gay,” the retired neurosurgeon said Wednesday in an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo.

“Did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question," Carson went on to say.

His comments shouldn’t come as a surprise. Dr. Carson, 63, directed pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center for 29 years. But apparently he never got the memo issued by the American Psychiatric Association issued decades ago that declared “most people experience little or no sense of choice about their sexual orientation.” Since then, every major medical association has taken a similar stance.

In his book The Big Picture, published in 2009, Carson called homosexuality a sin comparable to murder and cheating. In a 2013 interview with Fox News’s Sean Hannity, he compared homosexuality to bestiality and pedophilia.


Carson defends his statements by saying “God loves gay people just as much as he loves any sinner — and we are all sinners.”

And don’t expect any apologies from Carson — according to his book, what he thinks “isn’t just my opinion.”


A Gallup poll released in 2014 found that 55 percent of Americans support same-sex marriage, while just 30 percent of Republicans and 31 percent of self-described conservatives favor it.