Conservatives Derail Colombian Peace Deal Because of Gay Rights

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    Oct 08, 2016 11:17 PM GMT
    NYT: As Colombia debated how to end 52 years of war with the nation’s largest rebel group, there was the soccer player from the beloved national team who condemned the agreement, singled out President Juan Manuel Santos and accused him of practices that were “not of God.”

    Then there were the angry marches across Colombia this summer against a gay education minister, which soon grew into a wellspring of opposition to Mr. Santos’s government and the peace deal he was championing.

    “My compatriots march in defense of family values,” declared Álvaro Uribe, the conservative former president who spearheaded the charge against the peace deal and rallied Colombia’s religious voters against it.

    “The opposition used that argument regarding gay marriage, abortion, religion to attract and rally against the peace accords,” said Juan Carlos Garzón, a researcher at the Ideas for Peace Foundation, a research group in Colombia. “It was an effective strategy to drive the most conservative voters against the peace agreement.”

    The proposed changes drew ire from the country’s far right. One politician accused Ms. Parody of “gay colonization.” By mid-August, thousands of protesters — supported by Mr. Uribe — gathered throughout Colombia, waving signs denouncing same-sex marriage and urging the country to defend the traditional family.

    “It’s sad in this country that there are people who have more fear of homosexuality than war,” Ms. Sánchez said.
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    Oct 09, 2016 1:25 AM GMT
    Regrettably in my country Colombia exist many ignorant people with nocive ideas and double moral and more lamentable is those people is majority and they are in the Church, the Political and the Massive Media, and the manipulate the true and had created a hypocrite society. It is very sad.