Presidential Hopeful Ben Carson Tells CNN Prisons Prove Being Gay Is a Choice (Video)

“A lot of people who go into prison go in straight and when they come out they’re gay,” the GOP candidate said to Chris Cuomo

Last Updated: March 4, 2015 @ 9:01 AM

Fresh off announcing a 2016 presidential exploratory committee on Fox News, Dr. Ben Carson said being gay is a choice Wednesday on CNN’s “New Day.”

“A lot of people who go into prison go in to prison straight and when they come out they’re gay,” Carson said to Chris Cuomo.

“Absolutely,” Carson said in response to Cuomo’s question about whether being gay is a choice. Cuomo shot back that drug dealers go into prison and come out criminals.

“I am denying that’s the basis of understanding homosexuality,” Cuomo shot back on Carson’s theory of prisons.  The Republican presidential hopeful asked why “any two human beings” can’t obtain the legal rights afforded to married people without obtaining the title of being married.

“That does not require changing the definition of marriage,” Carson countered.

CNN is using buzz around Carson’s segment Wednesday morning during its daytime programming: @ThisHour interviewed the National Executive Director of the Log Cabin Republicans, who called Carson’s statements “absolutely unbelievable.”

Watch the video below.