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."


  1. Michael says

    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.

  2. says

    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.

  3. Stiletto says

    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.

  4. ElCid says

    @ 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.

  5. Bill says

    @ElCid: just out of curiosity, is “shooting yourself in the testicles” a figure of speech in your country? If not, that guy really went off the deep end!

    BTW, I saw a free play by a left-wing theater group that described the U.S. as a banana republic without the bananas. Plus there is a store named “The Banana Republic” that claimed to have started by picking up out-of-vogue uniforms from countries that have frequent revolutions, and would resell those uniforms at very low (but actually not so low) prices.

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