Ben Carson, a potential 2016 US presidential candidate has apologized profusely for stating in a recent TV interview that homosexuality was a choice.
The retired neurosurgeon in a Facebook post on Wednesday the choice of language did not “reflect fully, his hear on gay issues”.
Mr. Carson in a recent interview on CNN is reported to have said, “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.”
In a Fox News interview in 2013, he made another controversial statement about homosexuality where he compared homosexuality to bestiality and pedophilia.
Ben Carson apology post emphasized that he was supports human rights and Constitutional protections for gay people.
Read his full statement below:
In a recent interview on CNN, I realized that my choice of language does not reflect fully my heart on gay issues.
I do not pretend to know how every individual came to their sexual orientation. I regret that my words to express that concept were hurtful and divisive. For that I apologize unreservedly to all that were offended.
I’m a doctor trained in multiple fields of medicine, who was blessed to work at perhaps the finest institution of medical knowledge in the world. Some of our brightest minds have looked at this debate, and up until this point there have been no definitive studies that people are born into a specific sexuality. We do know, however, that we are always born male and female. And I know that we are all made in God’s image, which means we are all deserving of respect and dignity.
I support human rights and Constitutional protections for gay people, and I have done so for many years. I support civil unions for gay couples, and I have done so for many years. I support the right of individual states to sanction gay marriage, and I support the right of individual states to deny gay marriage in their respective jurisdictions.
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I also think that marriage is a religious institution. Religious marriage is an oath before God and congregation. Religious marriage must only be governed by the church. Judges and government must not be allowed to restrict religious beliefs.
I am not a politician and I answered a question without really thinking about it thoroughly. No excuses. I deeply regret my statement and I promise you, on this journey, I may err again, but unlike politicians when I make an error I will take full responsibility and never hide or parse words. As a human being my obligation is to learn from my mistakes and to treat all people with respect and dignity.
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