March 29th, 2013
05:35 PM ET
2 years ago

Carson apologizes for homosexuality comment

(CNN) - Neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who rose to GOP fame in recent months, apologized Friday for appearing to equate homosexuality with the criminal acts of pedophilia and bestiality.

"I love gay people. I love straight people. So this was really, I think, on my behalf, somewhat insensitive and I certainly apologize if I offended anyone, because I was not in any way comparing gays with people who engage in bestiality or sexual child abuse," Carson said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."

Carson won conservative acclaim last month when he criticized Democratic policies on taxes and health care while giving the keynote address at the National Prayer Breakfast. President Obama was sitting just feet away as the renowned neurosurgeon openly chided some of Obama's positions. He has since been the center of speculation over a potential entry into politics.

As the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on same-sex marriage cases this week, Carson weighed in on the issue.

"My thoughts are that marriage is between a man and a woman," he said Tuesday on Fox News "It's a well-established, fundamental pillar of society and no group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA [pedophilia], be they people who believe in bestiality. It doesn't matter what they are. They don't get to change the definition."

"It's not something that is against gays, it's against anybody who wants to come along and change the fundamental definitions of pillars of society," he continued. "It has significant ramifications."

Carson maintained Friday his opposition to same-sex marriage, but said the rights that come along with being married should be granted to gay and lesbian couples.

"I'm not sure that it's necessary for it to be called marriage for them to have equal rights. Nobody should have more rights than anybody else," Carson said.

Students at Johns Hopkins University medical school are petitioning to replace Carson as their commencement speaker, saying his "expressed values are incongruous with the values of Johns Hopkins and deeply offensive to a large proportion our student body."

He said on CNN Friday he would adhere to what students at the university want.

"If the students want me to give it, I will give it," he said of the commencement address. "If they don't want me to, if it's going to cause problems for them, I will be happy to withdraw."


Filed under: Ben Carson • Same-sex marriage
soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    He's probably covering up his own closet activities - that's how the republicans do it. Look over there, look over there - don't look at me !!!!!!!

    March 29, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  2. simp

    He's a fake, a wanna be that's why he stood his stupid butt up there during the prayer breakfast and talked down to the Presidents plan, he got what he wanted by doing that, a shot on fox news and now on CNN. I get so tired of idiots like this, african americans that think if they talk down to their own race and side with what the conservatives say they will be accepted, well loser, you won't be. Looks like you are alreay on the way down, STUPID!!!

    March 29, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. Bill

    The GOP rebranding effort continues!! Unbelievable. A page right out of the Mourdock-Akin-Hoekstra playbook. Clearly, the lesson still has not been learned.

    March 29, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. Ann

    And this JERK is the latest guy that Rove gushes about? Carson is Santorum with a medical degree.

    March 29, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  5. Pander Bear

    Buh buh but he's our token black man candidate! Quick! Attacks his critics! – The GOTea baggers

    March 29, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Thank you Mr. Carson!

    March 29, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  7. Donna

    Well, this was totally predictable! The leftists and their water boys in the media have put a target on this guy since he spoke the truth to Obama. They'll use anything to try and smear this brilliant guy because he has strayed from the Democrat plantation. They must show this renegade black man that he needs to kneel at the Democrat alter or be forever attacked and hounded. Only ONE line of thought is allowed for black people in this country and that is the Democrat Party line.

    March 29, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Lynda/Minnesota
    Indeed. And still holding on to their stubborn foolishness as some sort of courageous victory.
    -----------------
    Go figure Lynda.
    This particularly shameless, irrational, greedy, and unpatriotic brand of Republicans has given me some of the heartiest gut-busting laughter attacks that I've ever enjoyed.
    They have also broken my heart in ways that I never knew it could be broken.
    ----------

    Oh, so very true. ALL of your post.
    And, yet. Here they are, day after day ...
    So very proud of their hate, their anger, their bigotry.
    It makes one shake one's head in ... well, amazement really.
    Faith or no faith? Who knows what make them tick.
    I doubt even they know ... or will ever know.

    Meanwhile, have a wonderful Easter, and God Bless.

    March 29, 2013 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  9. obama victim

    he has my vote

    March 29, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  10. much thunder..little rain

    the media poltical correct police are in over drive...all this one side reporting is makes cnn look petty .. reminds me of joe mccarthy calling everyone that did not agree with them a communist...

    March 29, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  11. qubee25

    You're kidding, right??? As the GOP "hits" just keep on coming..

    March 29, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  12. just sayin

    carson must be destroyed at all costs. if his words were to catch on in the black community and true freedom and advancement occur, then the democrat party would be mortally wounded as they do not have replacement victimhood believers in the fold yet. attack at will, destroy, destroy, destroy....

    March 29, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  13. Tommy G

    And these are supposedly educated people in the United States? Educated people in a land where many have died to protect their freedom of speech, who would then attempt to silent others freedom of speech?

    Wake up America, please, for the love of God, WAKE UP and see what your country and children are being turned into.

    March 29, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  14. Yanni

    He definitely secured a job at the faux news. This guy is not foolish, he is not running for president: he is running for a job at faux news

    March 29, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @Lynda/Minnesota
    Meanwhile, have a wonderful Easter, and God Bless.
    -------------------------------------------------
    The very same to you my friend, and to all of you on this thread.
    God bless you now and always.

    March 29, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  16. Boo

    These Republicans just don't get it...and then they wonder why the keep losing elections.....

    March 29, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  17. A Kickin` Donkey

    @ Donna , . .

    1) it was FoxNews, not the "leftist media" that asked him the question and he revealed himself. With his politic being biblical, Carson

    March 29, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Hey! Doc Carson?! That sound you hear is the Republican welcome wagon making a hard U-turn away from your house.
    Fun while it lasted wasn't it?!
    Bwahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!

    March 29, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  19. Randy, San Francisco

    If Carson repesents the face of the new reinvented Republican Party with new and better ideas, the party is in trouble for the 2014 and 2016 elections.

    March 29, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  20. A Kickin` Donkey

    @ Donna

    1) Fox New; leftist media ?? Really??
    2) Blacks can be Republicans . . . Colin Powell or JC Watts for eaxmple. But when the abandon the fundamental "He ain`t heavy, he`s my brother" creed of both Christianity & Black & latino culture in America then he has shed dome of his "blackness".
    3) Carson will soon realize that he is being USED by the conservatives; they don`t love him. They love that he was a black man disrespecting the 1st black President.

    March 29, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  21. Peace

    This man is a disgrace. He might hold a degree but which I doubt will take him anywhere. He should ask Herb Cain how he was used that time because he is black and talking against his fellow blacks. Do these republicans still praise him anymore? Not at all. Carson is a flavor for the time being, of which will soon vanish.

    March 29, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  22. WouldYouLookAtThat

    GI Joe wrote:

    He's probably covering up his own closet activities – that's how the republicans do it. Look over there, look over there – don't look at me !!!!!!!
    ----------------------------------------------------

    I wasn't aware that Rod Blagojevich, Jesse Jackson, Jr., and their ilk were 'republicans'.

    March 29, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  23. Jim Hahn

    One more Republican patsy with foot in the mouth. I'm not sure how long it will take before the Greedy Old People party (heavy emphasis on Old) is going to understand that they are not going anywhere as long as they keep kicking gays and immigrants (particularly those of Hispanic ancestry) around. It's very conceivable that this country won't have a GOP President until at least 2032. We Democrats won't mind a bit.

    March 29, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  24. The Real Tom Paine

    -Donna

    Well, this was totally predictable! The leftists and their water boys in the media have put a target on this guy since he spoke the truth to Obama. They'll use anything to try and smear this brilliant guy because he has strayed from the Democrat plantation. They must show this renegade black man that he needs to kneel at the Democrat alter or be forever attacked and hounded. Only ONE line of thought is allowed for black people in this country and that is the Democrat Party line.
    *************
    What is predictable is the conservative word salad response in these situations. It comes from an inability to accept or admit that they might be wrong.

    March 29, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  25. Mary Ann

    What is the GOP doing,the snakes keep slithering out from under their rocks?

    March 29, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
1 2