Ben Carson: Being Gay Is A Choice Because Prison Sex

Dr. Ben Carson, considered by many to be a strong contender for the 2016 GOP Presidential nomination, has a history of especially colorful opinions about gay people. Previously, he has compared LGBT citizens to pedophiles and bestiality enthusiasts and stated that churches that are fine with gay people are basically sticking their finger in god’s eye. Now, he is claiming that gay people should not be allowed to get married because being gay is a choice. Why? Because prison sex!

In an appearance on CNN’s New Day, Carson told Chris Cuomo that “a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight and when they come out, they’re gay. Did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question.”

Now, I am not an expert, but that sounds pretty insane to me. Luckily, the Washington Post actually went and asked an expert, should you care for the opinion of one.

“The fundamental assumption of the analogy he’s using is insane,” said Helen Eigenberg, professor of criminal justice at the University of Tennessee, who has been studying sexuality and incarceration for about 25 years. “I don’t know of any research that substantiates the [claim] that men go to prison and come out gay. There’s no data to support that claim,” she said.

Yep! Looks like we’re on the same page there. I mean, yes. In prison there is situational homosexuality of the “any port in a storm” variety, but it’s not like it fundamentally changes ones sexual preferences.

And even if it did, it still doesn’t matter. Loving anyone is a choice, period, and that is totally fine. It’s also fine for sexuality to be fluid.

I would love to hear more, however, about how Ben Carson decided to be a heterosexual. Was he always equally attracted to both men and women and just chose to marry a woman? How did that work for Dr. Ben Carson? Inquiring minds want to know.

All of this aside, with the majority of the country now supporting same-sex marriage, and with marriage bans being struck down nation-wide and people now realizing that the calamity predicted by people like Carson did not actually happen–will opposing same-sex marriage be a tough sell for any presidential contender? Personally, I think it will. I think even most younger Republicans these days don’t really care about trying to prevent gay people from getting married all that much, so it seems likely that someone with such a strongly outdated viewpoint on that issue will have some pretty serious electability issues.

[Washington Post]

[CNN]