Back in March, Rev. Franklin Graham, who is Billy Graham's son, praised Russian President Vladimir Putin for his anti-gay speech laws in Russia, which do not allow anyone to speak about gay rights or homosexuality publicly.
Rev. Graham doubled down on his remarks during an interview with The Charlotte Observer and claimed that gay people "recruit" children.
“Of course, gays and lesbians cannot have children,” said Rev. Graham. “They can recruit. You can adopt a child into a marriage, but you can also recruit children into your cause. I believe in protecting children from exploitation, all exploitations.”
Today, Rev. Graham defended his remarks again, but this time distorted Russia's anti-gay speech law as if it were a law against child abuse (video below).
According to RawStory.com, Rev. Graham told ABC News, “Putin is going to do what’s right for Russia, and not what’s right for America, but for Russia. We used to have a president in this country that did what’s right for this country, but we don’t seem to have that right now.”
“Putin is going to make these decisions that he thinks is best for the Russian people, and he thinks that taking advantage of children, exploiting children, is wrong for any group so they passed a law,” said Rev. Graham. “So, I do agree with him.”
However, the law actually restricts free speech about gay rights and is not an anti-child abuse law as Rev. Graham claimed.
ABC News' Martha Raddat later asked Rev. Graham, “What would you say to those children of gay parents?”
Instead of answering the question about children, Rev. Graham directed his answer towards gay parents.
“Like any parents living in sin, you have to repent,” said Rev. Graham. “Franklin Graham is a sinner. I’m no better than a gay person, I’m a sinner. But I’ve been forgiven, and I’ve turned from my sins.”