Ahmadinejad Calls Homosexuality Ugly and Only for Capitalists
BY Michelle Garcia
September 25 2012 1:45 PM ET
Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told CNN that homosexuality is "very ugly behavior" that has been banned by "all prophets and all religions and all faiths."
When asked by CNN's Piers Morgan whther he agrees that LGBT people should have certain rights, Ahmadinejad replied, "Who has said that if you like or believe in doing something ugly, and others do not accept your behavior, that they're denying your freedom?"
He also avoided answering a question from Morgan about whether he would support one of his children if they came out as gay.
Ahmadinejad added that caring about gay rights is reserved only for extreme capitalists who do not support human rights. "This kind of support of homosexuality is only engrained in the thoughts of hard-core capitalists and those who support of the growth of capital only, rather than human values," he said.
The Iranian president is back in New York to attend the U.N. General Assembly. In 2007 during a visit to the city, Ahmadinejad told a crowd at Columbia University that homosexuality did not exist in Iran.
Sign Up For Email Updates
- Politics Ukrainian LGBT Pride Event Blocked 8 min 43 sec ago
- Sports MMA Fighter in First Fight Since Revealing Gender Transition 41 min 3 sec ago
- Women Op-Ed: Remembering Sakia Gunn: the News Coverage and Homophobic Murder 1 hour 13 min ago
- Politics Puerto Rico House Approves Antidiscrimination Bill 1 hour 21 min ago
- Entertainment News Week in Geek: Star Trek Actor Gets Wet and Naked, Justice League, and More 2 hours 9 min ago
- Activism Multimedia Project Addresses LGBT Rights Among Palestinians 2 hours 35 min ago
- Women WATCH: Sara Gilbert is a Lesbian Stereotype in Flannel and Birkenstocks 3:36 PM