Carson: Prisons Prove Being Gay is a Choice

Carson: Prisons Prove Being Gay is a Choice March 5, 2015

Oh, Ben Carson. You are such a welcome addition to the Republican presidential nomination clown car. Now that he’s officially launched an exploratory committee to run for president, he’d like you to know that being gay is totally a choice because people sometimes have gay sex in prison.

Ben Carson, who is exploring a bid for the Republican presidential nomination, is using prison to illustrate his argument that being gay is a choice.

“Absolutely” people choose their sexual orientations, Carson said in an interview that aired Wednesday on CNN.

“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.”

Okay, I just asked myself that question. And then I answered it in a far more rational way than you did. Because I know the difference between being gay and having gay sex. Being gay is a sexual orientation. Someone who goes to prison and has gay sex, especially when it is often an act of dominance rather than sexuality, is not gay. Gay people can and do have sex with people of the opposite gender and straight people can and do have sex with people of the same gender and in neither case does this change their sexual orientation. As bigots always do, Carson is reducing being gay to an act.

Ben Carson is rapidly becoming to the University of Michigan Medical School what Ann Coulter has long been to the U of M Law School — they who shall not be mentioned.


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