Blindsided by the furor his comments provoked on the Right and Left, neurosurgeon Ben Carson apologized Wednesday for saying that homosexuality is a choice.
The possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate issued the apology in a Facebook post. He wrote that his word choice “does not reflect fully my heart on gay issues. I do not pretend to know how every individual came to their sexual orientation.”
The about-face come hours after he appeared on CNN, where, when asked if being gay was a choice, Carson said: “Absolutely.”
He explained, “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’s remarks came shortly after he formed a committee to explore a 2016 presidential bid for the Republican nomination. The former neurosurgeon issued an apology later Wednesday on Facebook, though he noted that “up until this point there have been no definitive studies that people are born into a specific sexuality.”
Is Ben Carson sincere, or was the statement just a bumbling way to get back on everyone’s radar screen as he gears up for a potential presidential bid in 2016? Sound off below…