- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Retired neurosurgeon and potential Republican presidential candidate Ben S. Carson argued Wednesday that homosexuality is “absolutely” a choice, because many people “go into prison straight — and when they come out, they’re gay.”

When asked by CNN’s Chris Cuomo whether he believes being gay is a choice, Mr. 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,” he said.

Mr. Carson, who was a weekly columnist for The Washington Times, also said that he believes same-sex marriage should be approved only on a state-by-state basis.

“The judicial system at the state level has to answer to the people,” he said.

Mr. Carson argued against gay “marriage” but in favor of civil unions to gay couples that would grant them the same legal rights as married heterosexual couples.

“Why do gay people want to get married? Why do they say they want to get married? Because they want to have various rights — property rights, visitation rights,” he said. “Why can’t any two human beings, I don’t care what their sexual orientation is, why can’t they have the legal right to do those things? That does not require changing the definition of marriage.”

Mr. Carson has not formally announced a 2016 presidential run but launched a fundraising committee to explore a White House bid on Monday.

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