Brazilian senator Magno Malta gave a public (and televised) speech yesterday regarding the approval of bill 122, which would classify homophobia as a hate crime on federal level. Not only was the senator against the bill, but he also followed to state that allowing gays to manifest affection in public would be the equivalent of giving pedophiles (or even necrophiles) a seal of approval. Watch it unfold in the video below:
I am beyond outraged with his speech, and translated a few excerpts of it. This is what Mr. Malta had to say about the approval of a bill which can guarantee the rights of over 18 million Brazilian citizens.
"(Homosexuals) may be having sex under your window, and you won't be able to tell them that there are children around and that that is not appropriate behavior, because then it will be considered discrimination, and you may go yo jail for it.
(By approving this bill) you are giving homosexuals more freedom and rights than those given to blacks and native-Brazilians in the past.
My greatest concern now is that pedophilia is considered a mental disorder. However, by approving this bill which states that we can no longer discriminate against homosexuality, we would be doing the equivalent of legalizing pedophilia. Bestiality may then also be considered a sexual option. Necrophilia may then also be considered a sexual option. Passing the bill would mean approving that kind of behavior and making it legal."
Mr. Malta has no idea of what he just got himself into. I am now thinking about organizing a trip to the senator's house exclusively to have wild gay sex under his window.
Comparing homosexuality, a sexual orientation and not a sexual option, to a mental disorder such as pedophilia should be unacceptable for someone on his position. Aside from that, making statements about gays not knowing how to properly behave in a public environment is demeaning, only contributes to promote prejudice, and should be punished.
The Association Of Gays, Lesbians, And Transgenders released a statement today against the senator's speech. You can read in its entirety in Portuguese at Mix Brasil.