"Committing adultery will make your children gay" - Iranian Imam says

In his latest controversial teaching, Dehnavi also warned that if women did not wear the hijab - the veil covering the hair and chest - properly, they could inadvertently cause some men to become homosexual

Islamic cleric Dehnavi is a celebrity in his native Iran, giving speeches on relationships and family values

An Iranian cleric has his own theory concerning the reason for the rise in homosexuality.

Hossein Dehnavi who is an Ayatollah - a high-ranking title given to clerics, is teaching his followers that thinking about another woman while having sex with your wife will make your children gay, Daily Mail reports.

In his latest controversial teaching, Dehnavi also warned that if women did not wear the hijab - the veil covering the hair and chest - properly, they could inadvertently cause some men to become homosexual.

It was gathered that on past occasions, he has preached that women must provide sex to their husbands at all times - and said women who are better educated or are financially independent 'harm men's authority'.

'One of the other duties of women in regard to their men is to take care of their men’s instinctive needs [sexual drive]', the cleric said in a report by The Clarion Project, an organisation against extremism.

'Do not break their pride and [you must] be more sensitive toward them'

During another speech, the ayatollah explain that it is not a sin for a man to think about another woman while he is having sex with his partner, but if she becomes pregnant as a result the child will be gay.

The statements, thought to have been made in 2012 and 2013, came to light after being shared by Gay Star News this week, Daily Mail says.

Homosexual acts are punishable by death in Iran, with gay and lesbian people forced to hide their sexuality.

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