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Lesbian sex is 'inane', gay sex is 'revolting' says Colombian Senator

Conservative Senator Roberto Gerlein sparks outrage with a homophobic tirade during a session in Congress held to debate same-sex marriage
One of Colombia's Conservative senators Roberto Gerlein said gay sex is 'excremental and deserves condemnation'.

A Colombian Senator has gone on a homophobic attack to express his opposition to gay marriage.

Roberto Gerlein said gay sex is 'excremental and deserves condemnation' on 20 November (Tuesday) during a session in Congress where politicians debated the legalization of gay marriage.

For nearly 20 minutes, Gerlein went on an anti-gay rant, saying that homosexuals are people 'born with the bad luck of having a smaller hypothalamus than heterosexuals, that's why gay people are born'.

'I have to accept these people because they are humans, I can't have prejudice against them,' but he also said that he can't 'be enthusiastic that these people' should be able to marry.

Gerlein called same-sex unions unnatural and lamented their 'tragedy' at being sterile.

'I am repulsed by the fact that two men could share a bed. Gay sex is an act that is dirty and revolting'. He went on to say that 'a bed shared by two women never worried me because that type of homosexuality is inane'.

The senator's harangue was sparked by Senator Parmenio Cuellar's proposal to modify the Colombian civil code so that procreation isn't established as the sole purpose of marriage.

As a response to Gerlein's comments and to show solidarity in support of gay marriage, LGBT rights groups in the capital city are staging a kiss-in in Plaza de Bolivar on 27 November at 11 am.

Bogota's town councilor Angelica Lozano told El Tiempo: 'the idea is to congregate every citizen, not just homosexuals, to unite and participate in this kiss-in as a means of supporting the civil rights that make us free and equal'.

Lozano added: 'It's interesting that Gerlein isn't disgusted by corruption, or violence, or abuse toward women'.

With the help of LGBT rights group like Colombia Diversa to promote the kiss-in, Lozano expects over 600 people to come together to use a kiss as a form of protest.

The LGBT rights group Colombia Diversa has taken to social networking as a means of raising visibility of the same-sex marriage debate. 

Colombia Diversa posts live Twitter updates tagging Senators and their positions on gay marriage as the results are broadcasted in the country.

According to El Espectador, a gay marriage bill was filed 24 October (Wednesday), which would grant some but not all the marriage rights given to heterosexual couples. The new bill proposes to change the term civil union to gay marriage.

The author of the proposed bill, Senator Armando Benedetti said: 'In this country homosexuals already have economic rights and social security, so it's time to move toward matrimony.'

In 2007, Colombia's Congress allowed same-sex couples to register as partners in order to receive social security, inheritance and property rights like straight couples. Gay couples are still not allowed to adopt children.

If Congress doesn't legislate on gay marriage before June 20, 2013, unregistered same-sex partners would automatically eligible to register and receive all the rights of opposite-sex couples.

Watch the clip below to see some of the homophobic remarks by Senator Roberto Gerlein (in Spanish)

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