An Italian scientist has voiced his opposition to vaccinations, claiming that through an “inhibition” of personality, they can make children “become” gay.

The 70-year-old advocate of alternative medicines, Gian Paolo Vanoli made the claims to Vice, which were translated by the Huffington Post.

He said: “The vaccine is introduced into the child, the child then grows and tries to find its own personality, and if this is inhibited by mercury or other substances present in the vaccine which enter the brain, the child becomes gay.

“The problem will especially be present in the next generations, because when gays have children, the children will carry along with them the DNA of their parent’s illness.”

He went on to claim that “homosexuality is a disease”, and that vaccinations “produce” it, claiming that it is a “microform of autism”, and that in the next generation there will be a larger number of gay people.

He said: “Because homosexuality is a disease, even though the WHO has decided that it is not. Who cares! The reality is that it is so. Each vaccination produces homosexuality, because it prevents the formation of one’s personality. It is a microform of autism, if you will. You will see how many gays there will be in the next generation, it will be a disaster.”

Depsite saying that being gay is “an illness… that does not respect the order of life”, he said that gay people should not be blamed for their “illness”, and that he supported equal marriage in the heavily Catholic country.