Puerto Rico Senator Resigns in Wake of Photo Scandal

Roberto Arango quit yesterday, but no word about Grindr pics

By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 29, 2011 5:52 AM CDT

(Newser) – Puerto Rico lawmaker Roberto Arango hasn't confirmed or denied whether lewd photos of a man resembling him on popular gay cruising app Grindr are, in fact, of him—but he has resigned from the territory's Senate all the same. The San Juan Republican sent a letter of resignation to the state Senate yesterday, after meeting with leaders, reports the AP. The contents of the letter have not been disclosed.

Arango had previously given a vague non-denial, explaining: "You know I've been losing weight. As I shed that weight, I've been taking pictures. I don't remember taking this particular picture but I'm not gonna say I didn't take it. I'd tell you if I remembered taking the picture but I don't." The AP notes that Arango had, according to the founder of a gay rights group, voted in favor of Resolution 99, a proposal that would block any attempt to permit same-sex marriages in Puerto Rico. He also opposed adoption rights for gays. Click for more details on the photos.

Puerto Rico's Senator Roberto Arango, right, posing for a photo with former US President Bill Clinton back in 2008.
Puerto Rico's Senator Roberto Arango, right, posing for a photo with former US President Bill Clinton back in 2008.   (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
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