Did Tucker Carlson ask Vladimir Putin about the underlying reasons for his supposed belief that Christians can be gay? No, that's not true: A post on social media didn't show an authentic quote from that interview. Neither a recording of the interview nor its transcript included the quote, and the post's caption included hashtags with the word "meme" in them.
Carlson: So why do you believe a Christian can be gay?
Putin: Well, to understand that, we have to go back to Sodom and Gomorrah.
This is what it looked like on Instagram at the time of writing:
(Source: Instagram screenshot taken on Mon Feb 12 15:04:25 2024 UTC)
As seen in the screenshot above, by including the hashtags #christianmemes and #christianmemesdaily, the caption explicitly said that the "quote" is a meme -- one of many that started to circulate on social media after an interview (archived here) between Carlson and Putin was released on February 8, 2024.
Just like some other memes, the post that is the focus of this fact check was a reaction to the fragment of the interview that captured Putin's lengthy ruminations about history in the context of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine in 2022.
However, in 2024, Putin was unlikely to discuss gay people and church in an interview widely advertised by state-affiliated actors for domestic audiences in Russia, given that in November 2023, Russia had effectively outlawed LGBTQ+ activism (archived here.)
Other Lead Stories fact checks about the stories related to the Russian-Ukrainian war can be found here.