Senator quits after nude photo scandal

2011-08-30 07:36

A Puerto Rican senator who had strongly opposed gay marriage was forced to resign yesterday after several naked photos of him surfaced on a gay sex app.

The senator, Roberto Arango, decided “the right thing for him and his family was to resign”, Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz said yesterday in a statement announcing the decision.

“This will end the controversy, which has become a target of ridicule and sarcasm to the point of humiliation,” he said.

In recent days, local media had reported that Arango had published several nude photos on Grindr, a gay and bisexual hook-up application for mobile phones.

Arango initially dismissed the allegations as “nonsense”, but later told WAPA television: “I don’t remember taking these photos, but that does not mean I did not take them.”

He added that he had taken several pictures of himself recently to see the effects of a diet.Arango was known for his strong backing of “Resolution 99”, which seeks to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

The scandal recalled that of US Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner, who was pushed to resign in June after posting pictures of his underwear-clad crotch on Twitter and engaging in lewd online exchanges with women.

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