Hopkins neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson’s political career must be well underway, as he’s already had to apologize for his “choice of words” in discussing his views on gay marriage on Fox News last week. The beloved conservative voice grouped gays in with NAMBLA and “people who believe in bestiality” as examples of groups who don’t get to “change the definition” of marriage.
After the predictable outrage, Carson apologized in a telephone interview with the Sun, asserting that he “would never say anything to intentionally hurt someone,” and that he regrets his “choice of words.”
The gaffe — if you can call someone voicing their unfortunate opinions a gaffe — has inspired a petition to have Carson removed from the schedule of commencement speakers at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine graduation ceremony in May.
For his part, Carson has said he is happy to withdraw if the students would rather he not speak. He’ll likely have plenty more opportunities to speak publicly, as he’s been “speaking with several TV outlets about a career in media,” according to the Sun.