In response to Ben Carson's remarks this week that being gay is a choice, activist and columnist Dan Savage invited the Republican presidential prospect to "suck my dick" to prove it.
Carson on Wednesday told CNN that prisoners are an example of how homosexuality can be a choice. Savage then challenged Carson in an open letter:
"If being gay is a choice, prove it. Choose it. Choose to be gay yourself. Show America how that's done, Ben, show us how a man can choose to be gay. Suck my dick. Name the time and the place and I'll bring my dick and a camera crew and you can suck me off and win the argument."
Carson later apologized for his remarks, but not before a volley of criticism for his exchange with CNN's Chris Cuomo. He had said in the interview there was no comparison between civil rights and gay rights because citizens have no choice of their race, while homosexuality is "absolutely" a choice. "A lot of people who go into prison, go into prison straight, and when they come out they're gay," he said.
In his essay, published March 4 in The Stranger, Savage, who writes a syndicated sex column, wrote how religious conservatives use the "choice" argument to deny civil rights to the gay community.
Defending his challenge, he commented today, "....sometimes to get the attention of someone like that, to really make it clear to them, how low and disgusting they’re being, how vile they’re being, you have to meet them on the field where they are doing battle and take them on."
Lustralboy says, "Carson has previous in his vicious abuse of gays. Shaming him as Savage has done, is the least that he deserves. Bigotry needs the most uncompromising of responses. We're with Savage."
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