CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Franklin Graham, son of iconic American evangelist Billy Graham, spoke with The Charlotte Observer this week, addressing for the first time a written editorial in which the younger Graham praised Russian President Vladimir Putin for that nation’s new anti-LGBT legislation.
In Graham’s interview with Tim Funk, a portion of which you can watch below, Graham said gay and lesbian couples have an “agenda” and are out to “recruit” children. And, like Russia, Congress and the American government, he said, should do more to protect children.
“Gays and lesbians cannot have children, biologically it’s impossible,” Graham said. “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 exploitation.”
In March, Graham had said Putin was taking the right stand to protect children from LGBT people. Russia’s new “anti-propaganda” laws have resulted in some arrests and inspired mob violence against LGBT people. [See QNotes’ feature story from last year exploring some of the violence, including in Charlotte’s own Russian sister city of Voronezh.]