John M. Becker

Blame the Gays, Vol. 548,781: Spain's National Debt

Filed By John M. Becker | August 21, 2014 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: austerity, blame the gays, Luz Elena Sanín, national debt, outrageous, Spain

Luz-Elena-Sanín.jpgGays have been blamed for all sorts of natural and human-made disasters, from Hurricane Katrina and the Japanese tsunami to 9/11 and the Sandy Hook shooting. We've even been accused of killing off Olympic wrestling (which, if you know any gays, makes absolutely no sense whatsoever).

But we may have reached new heights of absurdity with this one: a conservative Spanish senator is blaming the country's €1 trillion ($1.3 trillion) national debt on "subsidies offered to homosexuals."

The Telegraph reports:

Luz Elena Sanín, a member of the Popular Party, has been condemned for her "homophobic comments" after her controversial defense of the austerity measures introduced by Mariano Rajoy, the prime minister. Mrs. Sanín insisted that the measures were necessary to pay back the debt run up by the previous socialist government's policy of "subsidizing NGOs and homosexuals".

She claimed that the government of Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, the former prime minister, had forced the national debt to surpass a record €1?trillion (£800?billion) with "his favors" to the gay community. "Otherwise we wouldn't have this gaping economic hole," La Vanguardia, a Catalan daily newspaper, reported her as saying during a press conference held to extol her party's economic model.

Sanín's comments have been met with widespread backlash from Spain's LGBT community, her colleagues in parliament, and even members of her own party. Some are even calling for her resignation.

It just goes to show that the ridiculous scapegoating of LGBT people by opportunistic conservatives is a phenomenon that knows no boders.

h/t: The New Civil Rights Movement.

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