Embattled neurosurgeon Ben Carson is walking back recent comments where he compared gay sexuality with pedophilia and bestiality.
According to the site Politico, Carson sent an email to the John Hopkins community where he repeated his stance on marriage but apologized for the language used.
‘As you know, I have been in the national news quite a bit recently and my 36 year association with Johns Hopkins has unfortunately dragged our institution into the spotlight as well,’ Carson wrote. ‘I am sorry for any embarrassment this has caused. But what really saddens me is that my poorly chosen words caused pain for some members of our community and for that I offer a most sincere and heartfelt apology. Hurting others is diametrically opposed to who I am and what I believe. There are many lessons to be learned when venturing into the political world and this is one I will not forget. Although I do believe marriage is between a man and a woman, there are much less offensive ways to make that point. I hope all will look at a lifetime of service over some poorly chosen words.’
The director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital has been a rising star in the Republican Party ever since his February performance at the National Prayer Breakfast, attended by President Barack Obama. Carson’s name has even come up as a possible presidential candidate for 2016. In a late March interview, with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, the doctor affirmed his support for traditional marriage.
‘My thoughts are that marriage is between a man and a woman,’ Carson said. ‘It’s a well-established fundamental pillar of society. And no group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in bestiality — it doesn’t matter what they are. They don’t get to change the definition.’
NAMBLA is the acronym for the North American Man-Boy Love Association, an organization committed to abolishing age of consent laws.
During the Hannity interview, Carson maintained his opposition to same sex marriage was not related to hatred of LGBT people.
‘It’s not something that’s against gays,’ Carson said, ‘It’s against anybody who wants to come along and change the fundamental definitions of pillars of society. It has significant ramifications.’
Ever since the Fox News interview aired, the neurosurgeon has been trying to explain himself. In a sit down with MSNBC, he insisted his analogy wasn’t understood.