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Peru legislature votes not to protect gays from hate crimes.

Timothy Kincaid

July 5th, 2013

El Pais

El congresista Carlos Bruce propuso en 2011 una modificación al Código Penal para que las agresiones por discriminación de orientación sexual y la identidad de género fueran castigadas con penas agravadas. El proyecto de ley estuvo en la Comisión de Justicia del Legislativo hasta hace un mes, cuando se descartó para evitar el ruido de los lobbies religiosos.

Sin embargo, la noche del jueves el Congreso votó la cuestión: 56 parlamentarios se pronunciaron en contra, entre ellos 26 del oficialista Gana Perú y 16 fujimoristas. “No pensé que la resistencia a este grupo social era tan grande. Es una muestra clara de la homofobia que existe en el Congreso, una homofobia escondida, porque ganamos el debate pero perdimos la votación”, ha declarado Bruce este viernes a EL PAÍS. Durante el debate, dos parlamentarios de confesión evangélica – uno de ellos fujimorista, Julio Rosas – fueron los más reticentes. “No había congresistas que abiertamente expresaron su discrepancia. Salvo dos evangélicos con argumentos débiles, todos los otros se pronunciaban a favor. Pero había una mayoría silenciosa que al momento de la votación se expresó (en contra), en particular la bancada de Gana Perú”, añadió Bruce.

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Congressman Carlos Bruce proposed in 2011 an amendment to the Criminal Code so that the assaults of discrimination sexual orientation and gender identity were punished with severe penalties. The bill was in the Legislative Judiciary Committee until a month ago, when it was discarded to avoid the noise of the religious lobbies.

However, on Thursday night Congress passed the question: 56 MPs voted against, including 26 of the ruling Gana Peru and 16 Fujimori. “I never thought that resistance to this social group was so large. It is a clear example of the homophobia that exists in Congress, hidden homophobia, because we won the debate but lost the vote, “Bruce said Friday at HOME. During the debate, two MPs of evangelical confession – one of them Fujimori, Julio Rosas – were the most reluctant. “There was Congress who openly dissented. Except for two evangelical weak arguments, all others were in favor. But there was a silent majority that when the vote was expressed (against), including the bed of Gana Peru “added Bruce.