Republican pundit Ben Carson has made a ‘joke’ about putting poison in the wedding cakes of same-sex couples.

The notoriously homophobic Republican, who is considering running for President in 2016, has previously compared gay people to paedophiles, and claimed that same-sex marriage is a “plot” conceived by the New World Order to impose communism.

However, Mr Carson took his objectionable comments one step further during a Q&A session, according to the Hill, while commenting on lawsuits against bakeries that refused to bake same-sex wedding cakes.

He said: “What I have a problem with is when people try to force people to act against their beliefs because they say ‘they’re discriminating against me.’

“So they can go right down the street and buy a cake, but no, let’s bring a suit against this person because I want them to make my cake even though they don’t believe in it… Which is really not all that smart because they might put poison in that cake.”

The Hill notes his comments were met by “chuckles from some of his staff and dead silence from the journalists in the room”.

He has previously been forced to apologise for comparing homosexuality to bestiality and paedophilia.

He said in 2013: “My thoughts are that marriage is between a man and a woman. It’s a well-established, fundamental pillar of society and no group, be they gays, be they [paedophile support group] NAMBLA, be they people who believe in bestiality–it doesn’t matter what they are–they don’t get to change the definition.”