Ben Carson Withdraws As Johns Hopkins Commencement Speaker

Source:  Carrie Healey / theGrio

Dr. Ben Carson is withdrawing as this year’s commencement speaker at Johns Hopkins University.

The announcement came Wednesday in response to recent student petitions to have Carson replaced following his controversial statements about gay marriage.

According to the Washington Post, in an e-mail to Paul Rothman, dean of Johns Hopkins Medical School, Carson wrote:

Given all the national media surrounding my statements as to my belief in traditional marriage, I believe it would be in the best interests of the students for me to voluntarily withdraw as your commencement speaker this year.  My presence is likely to distract from the true celebratory nature of the day. Commencement is about the students and their successes, and it is not about me.

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