By Neal Broverman
Originally published on Advocate.com April 22 2013 7:20 PM ET
A vehemently homophobic man who was born to extreme privilege was elected leader of Paraguay, a poverty-stricken South American nation.
Horacio Cartes won a five-year term, with 46% of the vote. Cartes, who made much of his current fortune from the tobacco industry and is facing money-laundering charges, has such an irrational fear of gay people that he threatened to shoot himself in the genitals if his son was gay. Cartes also compared gay people to monkeys and said those who support marriage equality want the world to end.
According to Fox News, Cartes is part of the "tiny elite that controls just about everything in Paraguay," a nation where about half of the populace lives in poverty. The wealth of Cartes's family allowed him to be educated in Oklahoma.