Last month President Obama nominated openly gay DNC co-chair Wally Brewster to be ambassador to the Dominican Republic. Here’s how the local the Catholic Church reacted this week:
Catholic Cardinal Nicolás de Jesús López Rodríguez referred to Brewster as a “maricón” — which is usually translated as “faggot” — during a press conference. At his side, Monseñor Pablo Cedano promised the nominee such an unpleasant stay in the country that he will have to return home. “I hope he does not arrive in the country because I know if he comes he is going to suffer and will have to leave,” Cedano said. He called it “a lack of respect” that Obama “sent … a person of this kind as an ambassador,” adding, “[W]e don’t despise the person.”
Brewster is one of six openly gay men that the president has nominated to be US ambassadors.