Brazil’s House of Representatives has elected a renowned racist and homophobic deputy and evangelical pastor, Marco Feliciano, to chair the house Committee on Human Rights and Minorities (CDHM) today.
The election should have taken place yesterday (6 March), but the session was adjourned due to uproar caused by Feliciano’s nomination.
Feliciano was nominated and elected by his extreme right-wing Social Christian Party (PSC), with 11 of the 12 votes of the members of the CDHM.
Six other members of CDHM who are members of left wing parties did not attend the vote in protest, including Brazil’s openly gay deputy, Jean Wyllys .
Feliciano will now control the committee which is responsible for defending human rights and the rights of minorities in Brazil.
Feliciano has previously made consistent anti-gay remarks, saying being gay is ‘hateful’, ‘sick’ and against the rule of God, adding that ‘salvation is available to them’ in the form of a gay ‘cure’.
He is also on the record saying that ‘AIDS is a a gay cancer’, and called LGBT advocates a ‘gay dictatorship’.
Feliciano previously made racist statements, saying: ‘Africans are descended from ancestry cursed by Noah.’
The election was adjured to today following an uproar by human rights groups and center-left politicians, and was held behind closed doors.
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