Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
has described being gay as “ugly.”
The 55-year-old Ahmadinejad made his
comments during an interview with CNN anchor Piers Morgan.
“Wouldn't it be great for the
president of Iran to say, 'You know something, everyone is entitled
to be whatever sexuality they are born to be.' That would be a great
symbol of freedom,” Morgan said.
“Do you really believe that someone
is born homosexual?” Ahmadinejad asked.
“Yes, I absolutely believe that.
Yes, I do,” Morgan replied.
“I'm sorry. Let me ask you this: Do
you believe that anyone [has] given birth through homosexuality?
Homosexuality ceases procreation. Who has said that if you like or
believe in doing something ugly and others do not accept your
behavior they're denying your freedom? Who said that?”
When Morgan asked Ahmadinejad what he
would do if one of his three children turned out to be gay, he
refused to answer. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit
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Ahmadinejad made headlines in 2007 when
he asserted that there are no
gay people in Iran.