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Paquitas Words Spark Outrage


A Mexican-American community service organization is expressing outrage after Paquita La Del Barrio, a popular Mexican singer, said she'd rather a child die than be adopted by a gay couple.

In an interview on Al Punto, a newsmagazine show on Univision, the singer was asked whether she would rather see "a child die in the streets from hunger" or be adopted by a same-sex couple. She immediately replied that she would "prefer he die."

Oscar de la O, the executive director of the Los Angeles-based group Bienstar, said La Del Barrio meant what she said. De La O's organization issued an action alert on Tuesday, asking people to place pressure on Paquita, according to KNBC News. "She has a very large market in the Latino community, and we cannot continue to allow these type of messages that promotes homophobia and discrimination. We're not saying boycott her concerts or records, but we are saying that we need to hold people accountable that promote hate and discrimination."

La Del Barrio later said she no longer wanted to speak about gay parents and adoption, adding that she loves gay people and that it was unfair for her to be attacked because of her opinion, according to

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