Update: Ben Carson issued an apology on Facebook on Wednesday evening for his comments on CNN about homosexuality: "In a recent interview on CNN, I realized that my choice of language does not reflect fully my heart on gay issues.
I do not pretend to know how every individual came to their sexual orientation. I regret that my words to express that concept were hurtful and divisive. For that I apologize unreservedly to all that were offended." See his full post here.
Update: After Ben Carson's comments to CNN about homosexuality being a choice, he spoke on Sean Hannity's radio show about the issue.
"Here's the point: I believe in traditional marriage between a man and a woman. I also believe that our Constitution protects everybody regardless of their beliefs, and that includes people who are gay," Carson said.
He then told Hannity that he plans to stop answering questions about gay rights.
"I simply have decided I'm not going to really talk about that issue anymore because every time I'm gaining momentum, the political press says, 'Let's talk about gay rights.' And I'm just not going to fall for that anymore," Carson said.
People choose to be homosexual and the behavior of prison inmates is proof, according to possible 2016 presidential candidate Ben Carson.
"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 said during an interview Wednesday on CNN.
Carson, a retired Johns Hopkins Hospital neurosurgeon, announced Tuesday that he was forming an exploratory committee to prepare for a possible bid for the Republican nomination in 2016. His views have made him a favorite of the party's more conservative faction.
Carson told "New Day" host Chris Cuomo that being gay was "absolutely" a choice.
The 63-year-old said that he did not support same-sex marriage, but could back laws that would extend similar benefits to same-sex couples.
"Why do gay people want to get married? Why do they say they want to get married?" he said. "Because they want to have various rights -- property rights, visitation rights."
"Why can't any two human beings, I don't care what their sexual orientation is, why can't they have the legal right to do those things? That does not require changing the definition of marriage," Carson said.
The American Psychological Association says that sexual orientation is likely caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors, and is not a choice.