Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has repeated his claim that there are no gay people in Iran, and added that perhaps CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer, who asked the question, might be “in contact” with people who engage in gay sex.

In 2007, while speaking to students at Columbia University, Ahmadinejad asserted that there are no gay people in Iran.

“In Iran, we don't have homosexuals like in your country. In Iran, we do not have this phenomenon. I don't know who has told you we have that,” he said in response to a student's question on the death penalty Iran imposed on gay people.

During a news briefing, Blitzer referenced Ahmadinejad's previous comments, then asked, “Could you tell us, are there homosexuals in Iran?”

“My position hasn't changed,” Ahmadinejad responded. “In Iran, homosexuality is looked down upon as an ugly deed. Perhaps there are those who engage in such activities and you may be in contact with them and more aware of them, but in Iranian society such activities, thoughts and behaviors are shameful. Therefore, these are not known elements within Iranian society. Rest assured, this is one of the ugliest behaviors in our society. It is against divine will, divine teachings of any and every faith, and it is certainly at the detriment of humans and humanity. But as the government, I cannot go in the streets and stop my population and ask them about specific orientations. So, my position is clear about that.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)