[Translation of an article from the Agencia Boliviana de Información, the Bolivian government news agency.]
La Paz, April 26 – It never crossed President Evo Morales’ mind to attack the rights of homosexuals and he absolutely was not referring to them in his speech opening the World Conference on Climate Change held in the city of Cochabamba, presidential spokesman Iván Canelas declared on Monday.
Canelas said during a press conference that there had been “widespread speculation on the subject” and that the media and some organizations had given his statements “the interpretation they chose to give them”…
Canelas argued that any position of that kind would be a contradiction and recalled that Morales comes from a “deep indigenous tradition” which, in his view, vindicates diversity in all its forms, the diversity of nature, human diversity, the diversity of ideas, “and of course sexual diversity.”
In the same vein, he reported that the Bolivian government had sent a letter through the Ministry of Justice to a Spanish gay and lesbian organization confirming respect for sexual diversity, which is even recognized in the new political constitution of the nation, which was promoted by President Morales.
He said Article 14 of the new constitution states very clearly that the state prohibits and punishes all forms of discrimination based on gender, color, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, origen, culture, nationality, citizenship, language, religious creed, ideology or affiliation.
He urged journalists to review carefully Morales’s speech at the opening of the World Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth, held in the Bolivian city of Cochabamba from April 20 to 22, to verify that he did not refer to homosexuals.
“What happens is that sometimes a speech is exaggerated or is interpreted in whatever way one chooses,” he explained…