Writing in his syndicated column this week, gay rights activist Dan Savage called out potential GOP 2016 candidate Ben Carson on some bizarre comments he made on CNN last week, essentially claiming that prison rape is proof that homosexuality is a choice.
“[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 told host Chris Cuomo in the CNN segment.
“If being gay is a choice, prove it,” Savage wrote. “Choose it. Choose to be gay yourself. Show America how that’s done, Ben, show us how a man can choose to be gay. Suck my d*ck. Name the time and the place and I’ll bring my d*ck and a camera crew and you can [expletive] and win the argument.”
A firestorm of criticism has enveloped Carson after making his remarks to CNN.
After initially trying to blame CNN for taking the remark out of context and even vowing not to discuss marriage equality anymore, Carson apologized in a statement.
“I do not pretend to know how every individual came to their sexual orientation,” Carson said. “I regret that my words to express that concept were hurtful and divisive.”
Savage slammed Carson hard in his piece, condemning him and other religious conservatives for the hypocrisy of their insistence that homosexuality is a choice.
“No one has to serve in the military and no one has to get married — people have control over whether they marry or enlist, right?” Savage continued. “And yet, like religious belief, both are covered by civil rights statutes and people like Ben Carson don’t object. The only time you hear that a trait has to be immutable in order to qualify for civil rights protections is when they talk about the gay.”