"Did you choose to be gay? That’s a long conversation,” replied Carson.
Before the encounter, Carson had been meeting with supporters at a town hall meeting in Staten Island. As he was posing for pictures, a woman wearing a Pride Center of Staten Island t-shirt approached him and said she had a question for him, reports The Daily Beast.
“I have a quick question. Do you think I chose to be gay?” she asked.
No doubt a bit taken aback, the retired neurosurgeon repeated the attendee’s question: “Did you choose to be gay?”
“Yes, do you think I chose to be gay?” the activist asked, once again.
With onlookers waiting for a response, Carson replied dismissively, “That’s a long conversation.”
“I think you’re full of sh*t,” the questioner replied before walking away. “OK,” the candidate muttered back.
The footage, captured and posted by ABC News, can be viewed below.
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The question wasn’t really that complicated for Carson, as last March, he clearly expressed his stance when he spoke to CNN’s Chris Cuomo.
After being asked if people choose to be gay, Carson stated:
“Absolutely. 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.”
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