Ben Carson
Ben Carson (CNN)

Ben Carson believes that homosexuality is “absolutely” a choice — and that prisons prove his point.

“Because a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight — and when they come out, they’re gay. So, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question,” Carson said in an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo.

Caron’s claims are at odds with the American Psychological Association’s findings that “most people experience little or no sense of choice about their sexual orientation.”

Carson continued on to say that same-sex marriage laws should be determined at the state level, though the Supreme Court is scheduled this spring to review a case that could make same-sex marriage legal nationwide, but he noted that it was possible to grant the same rights to same-sex couples without using the word “marriage.”

“Why do gay people want to get married? Why do they say they want to get married? Because they want to have various rights — property rights, visitation rights,” he said. “Why can’t any two human beings, I don’t care what their sexual orientation is, why can’t they have the legal right to do those things? That does not require changing the definition of marriage.”

Click here to watch the video interview on CNN.