Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone ‘completely agrees’ with Putin’s stance on gay rights

'If you took a world census you'd find 90% of the world agree with it as well'

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone ‘completely agrees’ with Putin’s stance on gay rights
20 February 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin has found a high-profile ally to support his country’s highly-controversial anti-gay propaganda law: Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone.

Ecclestone, 83, told CNN today that he ‘completely agrees’ with the law that makes it illegal to show any kind of public support of homosexuality.

‘He [Putin] hasn’t said he doesn’t agree [with homosexuality] just that he doesn’t want these things publicized to an audience under the age of 18,’ Ecclestone said.

‘I completely agree with those sentiments and if you took a world census you’d find 90% of the world agree with it as well.”

Ecclestone went on to praise Putin who has been widely criticized for the law that has led to arrests and complaints that it violates the spirit of the Olympics currently underway in Sochi.

‘I’ve great admiration for (Putin) and his courage to say what he says,’ Ecclestone said. ‘[It] may upset a few people but that’s how the world is. It’s how he sees [the world] and I think he’s completely right.’

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