A prominent leader from the Catholic Church in Peru has accused Congressman Carlos Bruce for pushing legislation that sanctions civil unions to “justify his sexual orientation.”
“It doesn’t seem to me that we have named congressmen in order to justify their own [sexual]preference,” Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani said on September 14 during a television appearance on RPP Noticias.
While Bruce introduced the LGBT legislation on September 12, Cipriani also believes the proposal would be a “Trojan horse” for marriage equality and that civil unions will “shatter” the institution of marriage by making it a “caricature.”
“I regret that…[the cardinal]is bringing up personal matters…I will not answer such vileness,” Bruce said in response to Cipriani’s comments.
Bruce is a beloved politician who has contributed much to his constituency, including the creation of a housing program with former President Alejandro Toledo. Bruce is a widower, and has kept his life private as he takes care of his two sons.
As a champion of the LGBT community, he recorded a video for Todo Mejora, a Peruvian version of the It Gets Better Campaign. He gained the highest margin of victory during his reelection.
Peru’s tabloid publication, La Razon, published a story with the headline reading: “Cipriani pulls Bruce out of the closet.” Bruce was a former contributor to La Razon, but in a letter dated September 16, he stated he has “irrevocably decided” to stop writing for the publication.