|Bolivian Defense Minister Rubén Saavedra.|
The stupid, it hurts!
An article published ten days ago in a Bolivian newspaper indicating military leaders had reached an agreement in principle to include gays in the Bolivian military must have ruffled some feathers higher up because today the nation's Defense Minister publicly rejected those speculations.
The rumors began when Bolivia's Minister of Decolonization Félix Cárdenas spoke to El Deber on December 16th and said an agreement on allowing gays and lesbians in the military had been in the works since 2010 and that a number of higher military officials had committed, in principle, to begin those efforts during a meeting he organized between military leaders and members of the general population.
"No limits should be placed on any person that wishes to join the military," Cárdenas said indicating that the Bolivian legislature should follow up on the agreement and work on instituting these changes.
Today it is a different story with Página 7 reporting the nation's Defense Minister Rubén Saavedra is having none of it.
"The Political Constitution of the Sate indicates that only males can participate in mandatory military service and only males and females can join military institutes and schools, there is no other option" Saavedra said.
"Take it for certain, you have to be male or female," he added.
In other words gays and lesbians are neither female or male and this they cannot serve in the military. LOL.
This of course from the Defense Ministry of a country whose president Evo Morales once claimed that eating imported non-organic chicken might lead to homosexuality.
When reached by Página 7 some of the higher military leaders also denied ever signing the previously reported agreement.
The only point on which the Defense Minister and the Minister of Decolonization agree is that if gays and lesbians ever allowed to serve in the military it will have to happen through a legislative measure.