ASUNCION, Paraguay – An anti-gay tobacco magnate, who compared gay people to "monkeys" and threatened to remove his private parts if his son married another man, was elected president of Paraguay on Sunday.
By electing Horacio Cartes, Paraguayans returned the conservative Colorado Party to the presidency that it held for 61 years, before former Roman Catholic bishop Fernando Lugo won the office in 2008.
During a recent radio interview, Cartes, compared the support of same-sex marriage to believing in “the end of the world” and threatened to become a eunuch if his 28-year old son wanted to marry another man.
The Paraguayan gay rights groups Somos Gay issued a statement condemning the comments as “cruel” and asked Cartes to make a formal apology.
“The Colorado Party claims to protect the Paraguayan family, claiming that if lesbians and gays become visible in our society, the traditional family will disappear,” said Sergio López, a director of the group, according to The New York Times. “But in fact, they are ignoring reality since that traditional family is no longer the norm.”
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