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Anti-gay tobacco magnate elected president of Paraguay

Monday, April 22, 2013

ASUNCION, Paraguay – An anti-gay tobacco magnate, who recently compared gay people to “monkeys” and threatened to remove his genitals if his son married another man, was elected president of Paraguay on Sunday.

Horacio CartesAP

Despite having been jailed for nearly a year in 1989 and investigated for drug smuggling, Horacio Cartes recorded a clear victory that marks the resurgence of his Colorado party, which held a grip on power for six decades until 2008, reported Fox News Latino.

In a radio interview prior to the election, Cartes said support of same-sex marriage is like believing in “the end of the world.”

Cartes, 57, also threatened to inflict harm on his own genitals if his 28-year-old son were to seek to marry another man.

“I would shoot myself in the testicles, because I do not agree,” he said, using slightly more colorful language to describe how he would react to such a possibility.

Somos Gay, a Paraguayan gay rights group, issued a statement calling Cartes’s comments on same-sex marriage “cruel” and pressed him to apologize publicly.

The issue of marriage equality has gained prominence in Paraguay after legislators in nearby Uruguay voted this month to legalize same-sex marriage, making Uruguay the second country in South America to do so after Argentina.

Cartes will begin his five-year term in August.

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  1. I always feel awkward ‘liking’ these things. I liked it because I’m glad that attention is being brought to the subject. But I certainly don’t like that this happened……….

    Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 11:26am
  2. This Baboon is going to remove his own genitals if his son marries another man???
    Well by all means, let the ceremony begin!!!

    Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 11:28am
  3. Que mal :(

    Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 11:28am
  4. fan-fucking-tastic

    Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 11:28am
  5. glad I don’t live there

    Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 11:28am
  6. it’s sad. being born there i know how accepting the people are there. he doesn’t represent us paraguayans at all!

    Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 11:29am
  7. sick idiot.

    Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 11:30am
  8. Hope him and his son don’t have a good relationship!!! Would love it if he had to remove his genitals!!!!

    Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 11:30am
  9. just like Uganda

    Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 11:31am
  10. take ten steps backwards Paraguay

    Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 11:31am
  11. So. I read this and thought… A man who makes money on “fags” hates homosexuals. This. I think.. is what they call irony.. Yes?

    Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 11:33am
  12. This really helps with the old “Which one is Uruguay and which one is Paraguay?” question. ;)

    Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 11:33am
  13. We won’t be going there now will we.

    Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 11:33am
  14. I hope he marries another man too. This guy does not need to breed. No genital on him would be a blessing.

    Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 11:35am
  15. Y’know what then, I’d say he’s up for a challenge. Let his son marry.

    Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 11:39am
  16. No one goes there anyway, why does anyone trade with them?

    Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 11:45am
  17. What a fucking douchebag…….. I really hope that his son is gay. his own castration should be made public viewing I would laugh and mock…. even if a bit sadistic :P

    Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 11:46am
  18. Hmmm, talking about monkeys, He Looks like one. This guy is so un educated, and looney.

    Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 11:50am
  19. i can already tell you many paraguayans aren’t happy with this decision. again he doesn’t represent us and once all his dirty laundry is fully aired out he will hopefully be removed!

    Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 11:51am
  20. I hope his son has the best marriage to a man ever. I think I would send him a knife as a wedding present :)

    Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 11:58am
  21. hope he has fun with that!

    Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 12:02pm
  22. He`s got that stupid look and attitude!

    Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 1:07pm
  23. who cares, its fucking Paraguay! what the hell do they even offer as a country except beachside view

    Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 1:20pm
  24. ASSHOLE BIGOT!!

    Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 1:26pm
  25. What a piece of shit

    Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 1:28pm
  26. Get his son married to another man fast!!! Win-win!!! :-{P}

    Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 3:08pm
  27. damn colorados are back in power >.>

    Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 3:51pm
  28. They don’t even have that. They are landlocked, I think…

    Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 6:09pm
  29. you mr president of paraguay are a filthy pig and if i get my hands on you i will slice your balls off

    Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 6:52pm
  30. Well, I wont be traveling to Paraguay antime soon…….another fight for the gays of this country….more unnecessary deaths as gays will be attacked, mained, even murdered because another idiot president is promoting hatred ,prejudice and inequality!

    Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 6:54pm