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Obama Speaks Against Persecution of Gays in Russia, Africa (Video)

During his appearance on "The Tonight Show" Tuesday night, President Obama slammed Russia and some African countries for their persecution of LGBT people.

Host Jay Leno took an unexpected serious tone when he expressed his anger about the Russian government persecuting homosexuals (video below).

"Suddenly, homosexuality is against the law. I mean, this sounds like Germany, 'let's round up the Jews, let's round up the gays, let's round up the blacks.' I mean, it starts with that, you round up who you don't like," said Leno. "Why is not more of the world outraged at this?"

“I’ve been very clear that when it comes to universal rights, when it comes to people’s basic freedoms, that whether you are discriminating on the basis of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation, you are violating the basic morality that I think should transcend every country,” said President Obama, noted

"I have no patience for countries that try to treat gays or lesbians or transgender persons in ways that intimidate them or are harmful to them. Now, what’s happening in Russia is not unique. When I traveled to Africa, there were some countries that are doing a lot of good things for their people, who we’re working with and helping on development issues, but in some cases have persecuted gays and lesbians.”

Obama also slammed Russia for giving NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden asylum, "There have been times where they slip back into Cold War thinking and a Cold War mentality."



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