Horacio Cartes, the frontrunner in the Paraguayan presidential election, has caused quite the controversy in this landlocked South American nation after making a series of bizarre anti-gay remarks in a recent radio interview.
According to a clearly uncomfortable New York Times, Cartes “theatrically threatened to inflict harm on his own private parts if his 28-year-old son were to seek to marry another man.”
I would shoot myself in the balls, because I do not agree. I’ll shoot my own balls, sincerely! [My son] isn’t short of anything in life.
Mr. Cartes, I’d like to offer this response on behalf of the LGBT community:
Seriously, can you believe this man might actually be the president of an actual country?
Cartes also said that being gay is not “normal,” likened gay people to “monkeys,” and claimed that marriage equality would bring about “the end of the world.”
Efraín Alegre, Cartes’s rival, doesn’t support marriage equality but said he was open to debate on the issue. He said Cartes’s remarks represent “the Paraguay of the past,” noting that “[same-sex relationship recognition] is something that needs to be discussed in society.” Recent polls suggest that momentum has been shifting in Alegre’s direction.
Paraguay will hold its presidential election on Sunday.