After Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson spoke at a Staten Island, New York town hall meeting, a woman confronted him about her sexuality in a video that was captured by ABC News.
“I have a quick question,” the woman said, wearing a local LGBT community center t-shirt. “Do you think I chose to be gay?”
“Did you choose to be gay?” Carson responded.
“Yes, do you think I chose to be gay?” she said.
“That’s a long conversation,” he said as he posed with a supporter to take a photograph.
“I think you’re full of s—-,” the woman responded and walked away, smiling.
“Okay,” Carson said while continuing to pose for pictures.
Though the woman at the meeting never explained why she asked the question, Carson has been openly anti-gay and has even signed a pledge to back a U.S. constitutional amendment to reverse the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage and another to push the passage of the First Amendment Defense Act, a religious freedom bill which would enable anti-LGBT discrimination, within the first 100 days of taking office.
In March, the retired neurosurgeon said he thought prisoners changing their sexuality after they leave jail is proof that being gay is a choice, though science is still murky on the issue.
He also referred to his medical education and work at Johns Hopkins Hospital, saying that while “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 later apologized and said he will no longer be talking about gay rights “because every time I’m gaining momentum, liberal press says, let’s talk about gay rights – and I’m just not going to fall for that anymore.”
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) January 5, 2016
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