Ben Carson: Sorry About My Comments on Gays But he says it's still not clear whether homosexuality is a choice By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Mar 4, 2015 6:23 PM CST 138 comments Comments Ben Carson speaks in National Harbor, Md. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) (Newser) – Ben Carson is once again apologizing for remarks about gay people. This time, he's walking back a comment in which he argued that prison proved homosexuality was a choice, reports CNN. (He argued that people went in straight and came out gay.) “I do not pretend to know how every individual came to their sexual orientation," says the retired neurosurgeon and conservative celeb in a statement. "I regret that my words to express that concept were hurtful and divisive. For that I apologize unreservedly to all that were offended." Still, the potential 2016 candidate insisted that the jury is still out on whether homosexuality is innate. “Some of our brightest minds have looked at this debate, and up until this point there have been no definitive studies that people are born into a specific sexuality." This apology is not to be confused with his mea culpa from 2013 after making a "bestiality" reference while discussing gay marriage.