Dr. Ben Carson has his eyes set on the presidential nod in 2016. While he’s not considered the top choice right now (that would be Scott Walker), he certainly is among the top ten Republican candidates. Of course, many—if not all—share a fairly conservative point of view when it comes to marriage equality…and that’s putting it politely.
Putting it more succinctly, these guys are nuts.
No, really. I have no idea where they get their “facts,” but CNN has now shown where at least one train of so-called logic comes from.
On March 4, Chris Cuomo sat Ben Carson down for an interview and asked him what he thought about marriage equality. And, I must say, it was quite educational.
Here, watch for yourself:
In case you couldn’t stomach more than ten seconds of that video, the really enraging part starts at about 1:19, when Chris Cuomo asks, “You think being gay is a choice?”
“Absolutely,” Carson responds.
“Why do you say that?”
“Because a lot of people who go in to prison, go in to prison straight and when they come out they’re gay,” Carson tells him.
Let’s think about this…really, let’s mull this over.
Ben Carson thinks that being gay is as much of a choice as whether or not you want cereal for breakfast. This is just, pardon my language, fucking ridiculous.
In addition to Carson’s serious misunderstanding of what situational homosexuality is, I didn’t ask for my sexuality. I don’t remember ever consciously saying, “You know what would be fun? I would like to be attracted to people of all genders.” If it were a choice, no one would decide to take the difficult route.
Marriage equality is a civil rights issue. It’s denying a group of people the ability to enjoy the same rights that straight people have. This is the truth of the situation. This is a civil conversation, and yet it feels like everyone keeps parading their religious beliefs instead of what should really happen.
Yet this is what the GOP thinks everyone else believes.
And boy, did they learn differently. Ben Carson got such a huge political backlash that he apologized for saying that being gay was a choice that same day.
That’s right. The. Same. Day.
So, I could take it on good faith that maybe he changed his perspective. Given that he apologized within the day, though, it seems more likely that he’s just paying lip service to the voters. The people have spoken, and a majority of Americans know better than to claim that being gay is a choice. Maybe someday the GOP will learn that, but I probably shouldn’t hold my breath.
Also, CNN, please get better commentators when talking about being gay. One of them actually says, “Of course I’m straight. Isn’t it obvious?” And as far as I know, that man is so deeply closeted that he found a leisure suit from 1976.