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'Backing gays is for capitalists'

world Updated: Sep 25, 2012 23:40 IST
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Supporting homosexuality is the stuff of hardline capitalists who do not care about real human values, Iran's President said Monday.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in an interview on CNN that homosexuality is a "very ugly behavior" that he said was banned by "all prophets and all religions and all faiths".

In New York to attend the UN General Assembly, Ahmadinejad said that just because some countries tolerate homosexuality, that does not mean his criticism of it amounts to a denial of people's freedom.