As 2016 presidential candidate Ben Carson continues to receive sharp criticism for asserting on Wednesday that being gay is "absolutely" a choice and relying on the notion that prison time can turn some straight people into homosexuals, did the retired neurosurgeon actually present a valid argument on elective sexual orientation in prison?
Following the 63-year-old conservative's comments in an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo, Politifact followed up with an article attempting to debunk Carson's point that prisons turn "a lot" of heterosexuals into homosexuals while in prison, and contended that American Psychological Association and others in the medical community have concluded that homosexuality is not "a matter of choice."
"Carson said, "A lot of people go into prison straight, and when they come out they're gay,'" the article states. more >>
The New York City Fire Department swore in its first ever lesbian chaplain on Tuesday.
Rev. Ann Kansfield, who ministers at Greenpoint Reformed Church in Brooklyn, New York, is the first openly gay female chaplain to serve in this position. She was profiled by The New York Times in an article published Monday where she shared her attitude toward people's opinions about the FDNY's decision.
"We shouldn't have to hide ourselves or worry about being judged," shared Kansfield, who grew up with firefighters in her family, including her grandfather who worked as an Illinois fire chief. more >>
Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, and Coca-Cola are among 379 companies that filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of same-sex marriage. The brief asks the high court to overturn a lower court's ban on gay marriage in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.
The brief, filed by law firm Morgan Lewis on Thursday, argues that state law that prohibits same-sex marriage hampers the ability of employers to recruit and retain the most talented employees in those states.
Just a day after announcing his exploratory committee to decide whether or not to run for president in 2016, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson apologized for saying on CNN Wednesday that being gay is "absolutely" a choice because some people become gay in prison.
"In a recent interview on CNN, I realized that my choice of language does not reflect fully my heart on gay issues," Carson wrote on Facebook. "I regret that my words to express that concept were hurtful and divisive. For that I apologize unreservedly to all that were offended."
In an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo, the 63-year-old conservative was asked whether he felt that homosexuals had control over their behavior and whether they have the "choice" to be gay. Carson responded twice saying "absolutely" and provided gay prisoners who went into prison as straight as an example. more >>
A socially conservative African-American organization commended Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore for his court's order halting gay marriages in the state.
The Moore court issued a ruling Tuesday demanding that probate judges halt giving marriage licenses to gay couples following a judge's recent ruling declaring Alabama's gay marriage ban unconstitutional. Moore recused himself but supported the ruling.
By now, most people have heard something about Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore's order defying a federal ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in Alabama. It didn't take long for the Left's culture warriors to issue sanctimonious condemnations of the judge's order:
"This is a pathetic, last-ditch attempt at judicial fiat by an Alabama Supreme Court justice—a man who should respect the rule of law rather than advance his personal beliefs," said [Human Rights Campaign's] Legal Director Sarah Warbelow. "Absent further action by the U.S. Supreme Court, the federal ruling striking down Alabama's marriage ban ought to be fully enforced, and couples that have been waiting decades to access equal marriage under the law should not have to wait a single day longer. All probate judges should issue licenses tomorrow morning, and Chief Justice Roy Moore ought to be sanctioned."