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The PSOE deputy, Arnau Ramírez, has taken the stand and has read several statements and messages from some members of Vox in reference to the LGTBI collective. An intervention within the debate on the non-law proposal of the Socialist Party on attacks against LGTBI people.

Ramírez has started by reading phrases from representatives of the Santiago Abascal party as prominent as Rocío Monasterio or Iván Espinosa de los Monteros.

“Gay pride is a caricature and a denigrating day,” the PSOE deputy has read, a phrase he has attributed to Rocío Monasterio. “If my son is homosexual, I would prefer not to have grandchildren,” he continued.

“Why do gays celebrate Valentine’s Day, if their thing is not love, it is only vice”, asked the director of communication of Vox, Juan E. Pflüger, and has read the deputy.

He also recalled a phrase by Iván Espinosa de los Monteros, who said in an interview that “in Spain we have gone from beating homosexuals to now imposing their law.” Finally, he recalled the definition that Santiago Abascal made of marriage: “The union between a man and a woman.”

“These are some of his pearls against the LGTBI collective,” said the socialist deputy. “Hate speech has consequences,” he continued. A phrase that, after the silence, has raised the applause of a large part of the deputies present in the hemicycle.

This article originally appeared on The HuffPost and has been updated.

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