After confusing some with his abortion comments, Herman Cain left little doubt where he stands on homosexuality during an interview with Piers Morgan. The surging Cain, who is polling either first or second in most national surveys, tackled the notion that people are "born gay" during his CNN hit on Wednesday.
Cain: I think it's a sin because of my biblical beliefs and, although people don't agree with me, I happen to think that it is a personal choice.
Morgan: ...[Y]ou believe people get to a certain age and say, I want to be homosexual?
Cain: Let me turn it around to you. What does science show? Show me evidence other than opinion and you might cause me to reconsider that...Where is the evidence?
Morgan: You're a commonsense guy. You genuinely believe that millions of Americans wake up in their late teens normally and go, you know what, I kind of fancy being a homosexual? You don't believe that, do you?
Cain: Piers, you haven't given me any evidence to believe otherwise.
Morgan: My gut instinct, Herman, tells me that it has to be a natural thing.
Cain: So it's your gut instinct versus my gut instincts. I respect their right to make that choice. You don't see me bashing them. I respect them to have the right to make that choice. I don't have to agree with it. That's all I'm saying.
Morgan: It would be like a gay person saying, Herman, you made a choice to be black.
Cain: You know that's not the case. You know I was born black.
Morgan: Maybe if they say that, they would find that offensive.
Cain: Piers, Piers. This doesn't wash off. I hate to burst your bubble.
It's encouraging to see candidates take principled stands on tough social issues. I recognize that in the same interview Cain had a confusing response to his stand on abortion. I'll be talking with Herman about the need for clarity on his stand for the sanctity of human life.