Speaking through an interpreter, Ahmadinejad responded, "Do you really believe that someone is born homosexual?"
When Morgan replied that he "absolutely believed so," Ahmadinejad said:
I'm sorry. Let me ask you this. Do you believe that anyone is giving birth through homosexuality? Homosexuality ceases procreation. 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?
Morgan also asked the president what he would do if one of his three children were born gay, to which Ahmadinejad said:
If a group recognizes an ugly behavior or ugly deed as legitimate, you must not expect other countries or other groups to give it the same recognition.
Morgan's full interview with the Iranian president airs Monday night at 9pm. Morgan hinted at the tone of their conversation via tweet:
Fair to say that President Ahmadinejad and I locked horns over the Holocaust, gay rights, Syria & Israel. Gets very lively. #CNN 9p,/ET.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 24, 2012