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Paraguay's Presidential Frontrunner Says He'd Shoot Himself in the Nuts if His Son Married a Man

Paraguay's is holding presidential elections on Sunday and its frontrunner, Horacio Cartes, was asked to react to Uruguay's recent passage of marriage equality, the NYT reports:

CartesIn a radio interview this month, Mr. Cartes, 57, 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 testicles, because I do not agree,” he said, using slightly more colorful language to describe how he would react to such a possibility.

Cartes also "set off a fierce controversy...after publicly comparing gay people to 'monkeys' and likening the support of same-sex marriage to believing in 'the end of the world.'"

Cartes' opponent is also opposed to same-sex marriage, but, the paper reports, has adopted a "more nuanced stance."

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  1. Please let his son come out. PLEASE.

    Posted by: Thomas | Apr 17, 2013 1:36:30 PM

  2. Go ahead... Lol

    Posted by: N | Apr 17, 2013 1:37:52 PM

  3. I hope he means that literally. Nothing could be more hilariously stupid than a man shooting himself in the bollocks because his son is gay.

    Posted by: danswon | Apr 17, 2013 1:38:02 PM

  4. If your son does get married to a man are you gonna sell tickets to see who gets to shoot you in the nuts first? I'll buy 10, please.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Apr 17, 2013 1:39:09 PM

  5. We're talkin' Paraguay here, full on South American banana republic. Sadly I wouldn't expect much else.

    Posted by: Jim | Apr 17, 2013 1:39:12 PM

  6. Oh, and BTW, monkeys are social and look after their own. I'd rather be a monkey than a great lizard like you.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Apr 17, 2013 1:40:22 PM

  7. Go for it, jackass. Last thing this world needs is more people like you.

    Posted by: jd | Apr 17, 2013 1:49:09 PM

  8. Promises, promises...

    Posted by: hugo | Apr 17, 2013 1:58:07 PM

  9. I bet he doesn't have the balls to follow through with that promise.

    Posted by: Garst | Apr 17, 2013 1:58:35 PM

  10. Your son is gay. Here's a gun,. Be sure you point the gun upwards so that you don't damage the floor.

    Posted by: Ben in Oakland | Apr 17, 2013 1:58:59 PM

  11. Let me shoot him, please!

    Posted by: Jack M | Apr 17, 2013 2:06:23 PM

  12. Mr. Cartes: Why wait?

    Posted by: Randy | Apr 17, 2013 2:11:19 PM

  13. shoot yourself in the head and be done with it ahole

    Posted by: disgusted american | Apr 17, 2013 2:12:27 PM

  14. Definitely the poster child for homophobia:

    Old, overweight and unattractive.

    In other words, a man no man would ever want.

    It's not hard to sum up the math here.

    Posted by: Michael | Apr 17, 2013 2:14:43 PM

  15. This is one sick individual, retrograde and very much like his American homophobic counterparts.
    Don't underestimate the progress that has been made in Latin America...after all, Argentina, Uruguay (next door)and Mexico already have same sex unions. Colombia is voting on it today.

    Posted by: raulito | Apr 17, 2013 2:19:33 PM

  16. People like this aren't even qualified to clean my toilet, and they're calling me a monkey?

    Hell, I'd grind his nuts to goo with my heel, and his son doesn't even have to come out.

    Posted by: Stiletto | Apr 17, 2013 2:20:26 PM

  17. Poor stupid man.
    Hope he gets his wish and shoots himself to rid the world of his level of stupid.
    I feel sorry for Paraguay.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Apr 17, 2013 2:24:49 PM

  18. Does this prove that American Republicans are really just banana republic dictators?

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Apr 17, 2013 2:34:45 PM

  19. Diversitay! Diversitay! Diversitay!

    Posted by: David Hearne | Apr 17, 2013 2:37:56 PM

  20. If only all homophobes would follow suit...

    Posted by: Inis | Apr 17, 2013 2:58:44 PM

  21. Hope springs enternal.

    Posted by: Mastik8 | Apr 17, 2013 4:52:39 PM

  22. I'm from Paraguay, and let me tell you, this guy would do my country a favor if he shoot himself... and not only in his nuts!

    Posted by: ElCid | Apr 17, 2013 4:58:43 PM

  23. @ Jim,
    While I agree a 100% that this guy will do us favor by putting his nuts to rest, let me tell you that a lot of American politicians seem in fact to come from their very own BANANA STATES... So come on, show some respect for my country, as I show respect for yours.

    Posted by: ElCid | Apr 17, 2013 5:03:55 PM

  24. in other words: "I don't actually love my straight son. I just love him as long as he's not gay. But that's not really love. That's conditional tolerance. Vote for me!"

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 17, 2013 5:31:28 PM

  25. At least he'd shoot himself instead of his son.

    Posted by: RainbowPhoenix | Apr 17, 2013 5:33:55 PM

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