Ben Carson apologises for saying being gay is a choice

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Rumoured Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson has apologised for saying prisons prove that being gay is a choice.

Ben Carson has apologised for his remarks after the backlash he received for claiming that prisons are evidence that being gay is a choice.

In a Facebook post, the Neurosurgeon and rumoured presidential candidate, said his comments did not ‘reflect fully’ his beliefs on gay rights.

Carson's statement

In an interview with CNN, Carson said he “absolutely” believed being gay was a choice.

He said: “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 has now taken back his remarks. He said: “I regret that my words to express that concept were hurtful and divisive. For that I apologize unreservedly to all that were offended.”

Despite the apology, Carson still stood by his view that there is no evidence to say people are born gay.

He said: “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.”

Carson was put on The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Extremist Watch List for comparing homosexuality to bestiality and paedophilia.