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Famous neurosurgeon Ben Carson is no stranger to garnering a few side-eyes for questionable comments (remember when he said this), but his latest — an argument insisting homosexuality is a choice — is a major eyebrow-raiser.

Carson, who is said to be a potential Republican candidate for the 2016 presidential election, argued that being gay was a choice in an interview with CNN New Day host Chris Cuomo. His reasoning — prison.

Yes, that happened.

“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.

That’s not how it works. That’s not how any of this works.

Carson continued, arguing that example alone “thwarts” the notion that being gay isn’t a choice. A curious case, given research from the American Psychological Association, which says “most people experience little or no sense of choice about their sexual orientation.”

That research isn’t enough for the conservative, who also said he thinks it’s possible to grant legal rights to same-sex couples without using the term “marriage” to describe such relationships. He added that same-sex restrictions should be decided on a state level.

“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.”

What do you think about Carson’s latest argument that gay people have a choice in their sexual orientation? Sound off below.



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