Conflict & Justice

Ecuadorian Preacher Nelson Zavala Punished for Anti-Gay Remarks


Nelson Zavala greets a supporter during his presidential campaign (Photo Credit: El Universo Newspaper, Carlos Granja)

Evangelical leader Nelson Zavala got into hot water over comments he made about gays and women.

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Zavala was out on the road campaigning for president when he made controversial remarks such as gays were "immoral."

Nelson Zavala was fined and according the electoral court his "political rights were suspended."

Sofia Jarrin is an independent reporter in Ecuador's capital, Quito.

She says he cannot participate in any political activities for a year.

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    Victor Hugo Andrade (16) casts his vote at a polling station in Calderon, north of Quito February 17, 2013. Ecuadoreans voted for president on Sunday and were almost certain to give incumbent Rafael Correa a new term to advance an agenda of socialist economics and an expansion of state power that critics call authoritarian. REUTERS/Guillermo Granja (ECUADOR - Tags: ELECTIONS POLITICS) - RTR3DX80