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 our video library for more videos.)

Ahmadinejad made headlines in 2007 when he asserted that there are no gay people in Iran.