IRANIAN PRESIDENT SAYS HOMOSEXUALITY IS 'UGLY'
Tue, 25 September 2012Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has told CNN that homosexuality is "ugly" and that the West must not expect it be accepted in other countries.
Ahmadinejad, who famously claimed in 2005 that homosexuality does not exist in his nation, was interviewed by Piers Morgan in a programme broadcast on Monday.
"Let me ask you this, do you believe anyone has given birth through
homosexuality? he asked Morgan.
"Homosexuality ceases procreation. Who has said that if you like or believe in doing something ugly, and others do not accept your behaviour, that they're denying your freedom?"
Ahmadinejad also told Morgan that homosexuality is akin to behaviours such as stealing and that if one country accepts stealing as legitimate it should not expect other countries to do so.
"..if you, if a group recognises an ugly behaviour or ugly deed as legitimate, you must not expect other countries or other groups to give it the same recognition," Ahmadinejad added.
When Morgan asked the president what he would do if one of his children was gay, Ahmadinejad avoided the question.
Homosexuality is illegal in Iran with penalties including execution. Human rights activists have claimed that between 4,000 and 6,000 gay men and lesbians had been executed in Iran since 1979 for crimes related to their sexual preference.