Franklin Graham, the son of evangelist Billy Graham, has praised Russian President Vladimir Putin for protecting children from gay “propaganda.”

Graham, head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, wrote an op-ed praising the Russian leader for signing a bill which prohibits the promotion of gay “propaganda” to minors.

“In my opinion, Putin is right on these issues,” Graham wrote. “Obviously, he may be wrong about many things, but he has taken a stand to protect his nation's children from the damaging effects of any gay and lesbian agenda.”

President Barack Obama “and his attorney general have turned their backs on God and His standards, and many in the Congress are following the administration's lead,” Graham said. “This is shameful.”

Graham called it “sad” that America's morality on this issue had fallen below Russia's standard.

(Related: Franklin Graham: Pope Francis is “not the judge” on homosexuality.)