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Paraguay president-elect apologizes for anti-gay remarks: ‘Time to mend fences’

Monday, April 22, 2013

ASUNCION, Paraguay — Paraguay’s president-elect, Horacio Cartes, said Monday that he’ll urge Congress to approve Venezuela’s entry into Mercosur, and he apologized for making anti-gay comments during the campaign.

Horacio Cartes

A millionaire businessman, Cartes said it’s time to mend fences.

“I have no shame in apologizing to those who felt offended for an expression of mine with respect to same-sex marriage,” Cartes said.

During the campaign, Cartes said marriage should only be between a man and a woman, and that “everyone should live within the rules. If not, we’d be like the monkeys that swing in the trees.”

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.

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12 more reader comments:

  1. That’s good news!

    Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 8:06pm
  2. to late he has proven he is pathetic

    Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 8:07pm
  3. As well he should.

    Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 8:11pm
  4. No one is perfect. I takes cojones to admit he was wrong and to digress and to mend fences. Good for this President-elect, good for this nation and good for humanity.

    Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 8:29pm
  5. I’m not sure if this genuine or not…but maybe it is. We will have to wait and see o.O

    Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 8:36pm
  6. No need to apologize Horacio Cartes, I still want to see you shoot yourself in the balls.

    Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 8:43pm
  7. Ignorante!

    Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 9:08pm
  8. Just think of the monkey outfits we can dress up in to make fun of him!!! Everything has a good side 3:)

    Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 10:44pm
  9. To little to late asshole

    Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 10:57pm
  10. Screw you and your Catholic extremist positions.

    Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 8:13am
  11. Is he doing it because he means it ?
    Or
    Will we find out later his son is gay?
    and Now he don’t want to shoot his balls off..

    Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 8:14am
  12. Can I hold the guy?

    Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 9:38am