• Spain's news in English
 
app_header_v3

Gays to blame for Spain's trillion euro debt: senator

Alex Dunham · 20 Aug 2014, 09:05

Published: 20 Aug 2014 09:05 GMT+02:00

Popular Party senator Luz Elena Sanín told journalists that Spain’s ruling conservative party had increased its public spending due to "the debts" caused by “subsidies for NGOs and homosexuals”.

Sanín, who represents Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta in the Senate, said former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero with the country's opposition Socialists had forced the country’s debt to surpass a record €1 trillion with "his favours".

The Colombian-born politician, now a Spanish national, added that her party had been forced to further aggravate the country’s economic crisis when coming to power in order to pay back the debt from Zapatero’s subsidies for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) community.

"Otherwise we wouldn't have this gaping economic hole," Catalan daily La Vanguardia reported her as saying during a press conference held to sing the praises of her party's economic model.

Her comments have been met with staunch opposition from members of Spain’s Socialist Party and LGBT groups, who have described her words as a "breeding ground for homophobia".

"Blaming NGOs and LGBT groups for the government’s public debt is shameful," Socialist MP Patricia Hernández told online daily El Plural, claiming that Sanín either had to apologize or resign.

"It’s absurd and ludicrous. All it does is denote the PP senator’s homophobia, this is what she thinks the socialists’ financial inheritance is".

Even members from her own party have attempted to distance themselves from Salvín’s accusations.

Story continues below…

"I don’t agree at all that Zapatero’s feeble economic management was caused by subsidies offered to gay, lesbian and transsexual groups," Popular Party Ceuta MP Francisco Márquez said in response.

"They’re organizations that work for just and legitimate causes and receive subsidies based on current legislation."

Many in Spain blame the Socialists for the country's long economic crisis which has left 25 percent of people out of work.    

For more news from Spain, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Alex Dunham (alex.dunham@thelocal.com)

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Ibiza bans drinking in street…  and that includes water
Police will be on the look out for offending tourists. Photo: AFP

This summer tourists in Ibiza risk dehydration or a fine under new measures that will see the drinking of all liquids banned from public areas.

What's on in Spain: May 2016
The San Isidro fiestas in Madrid. Photo: Bru Garcia/AFP.

Spaniards are eager to get out and enjoy the spring weather in May, taking to the streets to throw fiesta after fiesta.

Eurovision bans Basque flag alongside that of Isis terrorists
The ikurriña - the Basque flag - has been banned. Photo: Rober/Flickr

The popular singing contest has banned the flag of the Basque Country, angering politicians who have demanded the "boycott" be lifted.

'Troll' wins payout from family of missing Spanish boy
Yéremi Vargas vanished in March 2007. Photo from Missing Person's poster

The parents of Yéremi Vargas named and shamed an internet troll after nasty comments about their missing son. And now they are being punished.

Brace yourself: Fierce storms to hit Spanish Med at weekend
A couple stand on a beach in Spain during a storm. Archive photo: Josep Lago / AFP

Spain's national weather agency is forecasting heavy rain on Friday and Saturday along the Mediterranean coast.

Spain in tug-of-war with Lorca family over poet's archive
Lorca was shot during the Spanish Civil War. Photo: AFP

The Spanish authorities have banned the export of the poet's archive.

Paternity test 'proves Spanish matadors are father and son'
Both bullfighters are known as El Cordobes. Photo: AFP

In the bullring it really is a case of like father, like son.

'Hugely important' haul of Roman coins found in Spain
Stock photo of Roman coins. Photo: Helen Hall/Flickr

Over 600kg of bronze coins were unearthed during building work in Seville.

Drunk Brits booted off Ryanair Liverpool flight to Alicante
The pilot diverted to Limoges to kick off two drunk men. File photo: Philippe Hugen / AFP

A flight from Liverpool to Alicante was forced to land in France on Thursday after two drunken British nationals began fighting on board.

Why Spain is heading for a Groundhog day election
Bill Murray in the 1993 film Groundhog Day relived the same scenario over and over. Screenshot from film.

How did the nation fall into such a state of political limbo and will a new vote help end it?

Sponsored Article
How to launch your international career
National
Expats didn't 'abandon' UK so ALL Brits should get EU vote
Sponsored Article
What's the best way for expats to transfer money abroad?
Travel
Discover Spain's breathtaking national parks
National
Spain's stunning locations for Game of Thrones Season Six
National
Couple caught on camera having sex on metro platform
National
Ten delicious Spanish dishes you must try before you die
National
Forget tampons and use sea sponges, says Catalan town
Culture
Nine reasons why Cervantes is better than Shakespeare
International
Two thirds of Spaniards want Britain to remain in EU
National
Seven great ways to celebrate 400 years of Cervantes
National
Report raises fears of Isis terror plot on Costa del Sol
National
Five bonkers ways Spain is commemorating Cervantes
National
Bad owners to sweep streets in Madrid's war on dog poo
Culture
Ten weird things that shock Spaniards about the UK
Features
Debunking the myth: How true are Spanish stereotypes?
International
Bienvenidos a Blighty: Spanish workers flock to UK
National
Spaniards design mattress to catch out love cheats
National
Spanish town fined for staging bizarre 'slippery swine' race
National
Fat man who crushed nativity donkey to death goes free
International
Consulate reveals weirdest requests from Brits abroad
Lifestyle
Recipe: How to make Spanish albóndigas in tomato sauce
National
First journalist punished over photos under Spain’s gag law
National
'Hug a Brit to stop Brexit' Europeans urged
National
Benidorm's Sticky Vicky, 72, retires from sexy magic show
3,355
jobs available