- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 11, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson argued Wednesday that the fight for gay marriage rights cannot be compared with the Civil Rights movement, because gays aren’t physically segregated.

Appearing on Fox News’ “Special Report,” the retired neurosurgeon addressed controversial comments he made in March about how he believes that being gay is a choice, using prison sex as an example, CNN reported.

“Because a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight — and when they come out, they’re gay,” Mr. Carson said at the time.

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“I was a little bit irritated that he was equating the whole [gay marriage] issue with the Civil Rights movement,” he said Wednesday of CNN host Chris Cuomo. “Because, quite frankly, I didn’t remember any times when there were signs up that says, you know, ‘everybody else here and gay people have to drink at this fountain.’

“I was a little irritated, but I shouldn’t have allowed that to enter into the discussion,” Mr. Carson added.

Despite a flurry of media attention for the comments, the Republican expressed satisfaction with how it ended up playing out.

“They saw that as the opportunity to finally knock this guy out — and they thought that they had done it. Stick a fork in him, he’s gone. They were jubilant,” he said, CNN reported. “And now they’re saying, I can’t believe this guy’s still here, are you kidding me?”

Mr. Carson is currently fourth in Real Clear Politics’ average of recent public polling on the Republican field, behind Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Marco Rubio.

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