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Mahathir rejects LGBT rights

Malaysian premier urges students not to adopt western values blindly

Speaking to students at Chulalongkorn University, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said that same-sex marriage has no place in his country. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

BANGKOK -- Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad voiced his government’s rejection of gay rights in a lecture he gave to university students in Bangkok on Thursday.

"At this moment, we don’t accept LGBT," said the 93-year-old to students of one of Thailand’s top institutions, Chulalongkorn Univeristy, referring to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual communities. He said that LGBT rights were incompatible with the "institution of marriage and institution of family." 

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