Dominican cardinal greets news of gay U.S. ambassador with anti-homosexual slur

The Roman Catholic cardinal in the Dominican Republic responded on Thursday to news that President Barack Obama had nominated an openly gay man as ambassador to the island nation by calling him a ‘maric-n’ — slang for ‘faggot’ or ‘sissy’ — during a press conference.

Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez took questions on Thursday in the capital city of Santo Domingo about the appointment of James ‘Wally’ Brewster, an Obama campaign donation ‘bundler,’ as his nation’s top emissary from Washington, D.C.

Asked to shift topics to a question about agriculture, the high-ranking clergyman brought laughs from reporters by saying, ‘We went from faggots and lesbians to chickens, now?’