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Paraguay President-elect Horacio Cartes apologizes for slurs comparing gays to 'monkeys in the trees'

BY PEDRO SERVIN, ASSOCIATED PRESS

ASUNCION, Paraguay -- Paraguay's president-elect, Horacio Cartes, said Monday that he'll urge Congress to approve Venezuela's entry into Mercosur, and he apologized for making anti-gay comments during the campaign.

Cartes referred to anti-gay comments he had made, saying: "I have no shame in apologizing to those who felt offended for an expression of mine with respect to same-sex marriage."

During the campaign, Cartes said marriage should only be between a man and a woman.

"Everyone should live within the rules. If not, we'd be like the monkeys that swing in the trees," he said.

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Why is he apologizing?

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