Christian celebrity and potential GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson on Wednesday reiterated his opposition to marriage equality, saying that being gay is a choice.

Appearing on CNN's New Day, host Chris Cuomo asked Carson his position on same-sex marriage.

“You can't just say because it happened that way this time, this is the same situation. It's not the same situation,” Carson said, referring to civil rights.

“Why not?” Cuomo asked.

“Because people have no control over their race, for instance.”

“You think they have control over their sexuality?”

“Absolutely,” Carson answered. “Because a lot of people go into prison straight and when they come out they're gay.”

“A lot of people go into jail as a drug addict and they come out as a criminal. Does that mean that all drug addicts are criminals?” Cuomo asked but did not receive a response.

Carson recently made headlines when he warned against pressuring bakers opposed to marriage equality because they might poison the wedding cakes of gay couples.

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