Following an op-ed in which he praised Russian President Vladimir Putin for protecting children from gay “propaganda,” Franklin Graham, the son of evangelist Billy Graham, has urged the United States to approve a similar law.

Graham praised Putin 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.”

In a videotaped interview with the Charlotte Observer, Graham said that Putin was protecting kids from being exploited.

“Gays and lesbians cannot have children. Biologically it's impossible,” Graham said.

“They adopt,” the interviewer noted.

“Yeah, they can recruit. Yeah, sure,” Graham said with a smile.

“What's the difference between recruitment and adoption?”

“Well, I think that you can adopt a child into a marriage but you can also recruit children into your cause. I believe in protecting children, okay, from exploitation, all exploitations. I think I agreed with Putin. I think protecting his nation's children was probably a very smart thing to do.”

“And I think that our Congress needs to do more in protecting our nation's children.”

Franklin added that Congress and the Obama administration were “going forward with a gay and lesbian agenda.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)