Conservative commentator Pat Buchanan has lauded Russian President Vladimir Putin for defending “moral clarity” in his crackdown against the LGBT community.

“While privacy and freedom of thought, religion and speech are cherished rights, to equate traditional marriage and same-sex marriage is to equate good with evil,” Buchanan wrote in a WND op-ed tiled Is Putin One of Us? “No moral confusion here, this is moral clarity, agree or disagree.”

“While much of American and Western media dismiss [Putin] as an authoritarian and reactionary, a throwback, Putin may be seeing the future with more clarity than Americans still caught up in a Cold War paradigm.”

In June, Putin signed a law which prohibits the promotion of “gay propaganda” to minors, provoking a loud outcry from the West and calls for a boycott of the Winter Olympics to be held in Sochi next year. Last week, Putin defended the law, calling it the will of the people, a move Buchanan praised.

“Putin asserts, the new immorality has been imposed undemocratically,” Buchanan wrote. “Does he not have a point? … Putin is not wrong in saying that he can speak for much of mankind.”

Three world leaders, including President Barack Obama, have announced that they will not attend the Sochi Games. While none specifically cited the law in announcing their decisions, all three have previously criticized it.

Buchanan has previously defended the law, likening so-called gay propaganda to racist and anti-Semitic propaganda.