SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Friday that gay people are “probably” born that way, conceding that view during a testy exchange with a gay voter at a California event.

Asked by Kelly Bryan, a gay 62-year-old man, during an event at the Commonwealth Club of California whether people are “born gay,” Kasich first attempted to avoid answering the question.

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“I’m not gonna get into all the analysis of this or that,” Kasich said at the San Francisco town hall. “I’m not gonna do that.”

But the questioner pressed again: “It’s not analysis. Are people born gay?”

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Kasich replied, “You know, sir, probably.”

“I mean, I don’t — I don’t know how it all works, OK?” he added. “I mean, look. Are they? You know, probability they are.”

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