Despite having acquired a monumental female following during his time as a snake-hipped Latin lover, belting out salsa-spiced numbers and climbing the charts with his hen-night fodder pop toones, Ricky Martin went on to openly out himself and reveal his plans for gay fatherhood. Now, having had two twin boys by an unknown surrogate, Ricky has come under fire for promoting homosexuality which his home town of Puerto Rica says is not condonable.
Having done what most gay men might want to build their lives towards - having a family - Ricky has received a tongue-lashing from one Cardinal Luis Aponte Martinez of San Juan Puerto Rico, who denounces the star's attempts to show the public how a gay man can raise a family. In the eyes of the church, Ricky is being seen to demonstrate that homosexuality, or more importantly promiscuity are acceptable values. Perez Hilton has more:
The Cardinal made the following statement: 'Personally, I admire Ricky for the great artistic gifts the Lord has endowed him, but please, for the love of his children, for whom I imagine he wants the best, try to set an example to our youth of the great values we all share, besides sex. The Roman Catholic church does not reject the homosexual [but] their immoral actions and behaviors, and trying to promote homosexuality or sexual promiscuity among our youth, indeed, is immoral regardless of where it comes from.'
One could hold up the metaphorical mirror to straight people who are promiscuous and the incidents that have occurred within the Catholic church but so far Ricky has declined to comment, leaving gay rights activists to speak in his stead:
'Pedro Julio Serrano said it best when he responded to the criticism with the following:
'Homophobia disguised as religion and under the pretext of freedom of speech is still homophobia and it kills. Enough of wanting to impose a moral vision of human sexuality. Sexual orientation is an innate characteristic of the human condition that cannot be changed, it is not a behavior, it is not a disease, and it is not synonymous with promiscuity as argued by Cardinal Aponte Martinez.'