Republican Puerto Rican Senator Roberto Arango has resigned after his profiles and a series of racy NSFW pictures of him popped up on the gay hookup phone app, Grindr. Given history, it probably shouldn’t be surprising that Arango, who publicly presented himself as a divorced hetersosexual, has a long anti-gay voting record.
When the initial photos of a shirtless man taking a photo with his iPhone surfaced, Arango’s excuse was, “You know I’ve been losing weight. As I shed that weight, I’ve been taking pictures. I don’t remember taking this particular picture but I’m not gonna say I didn’t take it. I’d tell you if I remembered taking the picture but I don’t.” However as more pictures surfaced, including one of Arango from behind, kneeling naked on a bed, he stopped talking. On Monday he resigned from the Puerto Rican Senate.
The blog, Blabbeando, did some research and found that Arango has a long history of anti-gay voting and behavior, including:
- Voting for a constitutional amendment, which was shelved by the House, banning same-sex marriages in 2007.
- Voting for a bill, which passed, banning adoption rights for gays in 2009.
- In 2004, in response to rumors about a mayoral candidate’s homosexuality, he called the candidate a “pato,” which literally means “duck” in Spanish, but in slang is similar to “faggot.” At a rally, they mocked candidate Eduardo Bhatia by quacking and throwing a rubber duck on the stage. He was overheard saying, “”No le vamos a dar donde le gusta… sino hasta dentro del pelo”, which roughly translated means “We won’t give it where he likes it… instead we’ll drill it deep inside him.”