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Ben Carson: Prisons Prove Being Gay is a Choice

In this March 8, 2014 file photo, Dr. Ben Carson, professor emeritus at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, puts his notes back in his pocket after speaking at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md. Carson’s publisher will review allegations that the conservative activist failed to properly credit sources in his 2012 book “America the Beautiful.” The allegations were raised by a BuzzFeed article that listed numerous examples of passages in Carson’s book that closely resemble material which first appeared elsewhere. The book was co-written by Carson’s wife, Candy Carson. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
In this March 8, 2014 file photo, Dr. Ben Carson, professor emeritus at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, puts his notes back in his pocket after speaking at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

 

Washington (CNN) – Ben Carson says homosexuality is a choice because many people “go into prison straight — and when they come out, they’re gay.”

The neurosurgeon and potential Republican candidate for president in 2016 made the comment in an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo that aired Wednesday on “New Day.”

Asked whether being gay is a choice, Carson responded: “Absolutely.”

“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,” Carson said.

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