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Is homosexuality common in Iran (compared to western countries)?

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claimed that homosexuality is uncommon in Iran. Homosexual advocates claim that this only because of the oppression and persecution of homosexuals.

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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad    President of Iran
In Iran, we don't have homosexuals like in your country. ... we do not have this phenomenon. [this was in answer to the question "...your government has imposed draconian punishments, including execution on Iranian citizens who are homosexuals. Why are you doing those things?" - due to translation issues Ahmadinejad later revised his answer to say he meant "we don't have *many* homosexuals" ]
10 Oct 2007    Source


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