Several legislators demanded their colleague Justo Orozco, evangelical lawmaker, resign as President of the Human Rights Commission of the Legislative Assembly of Costa Rica.
The votes that have positioned Orozco as chairman of that committee were Oscar Alfaro, Luis Antonio Aiza and Jorge Angulo (PLN), Adonay Enriquez (ML) and Orozco himself (RC). That vote within the committee was held in May 2012.
On Monday February 25 afternoon, a group of members from several parties asked Orozco to leave his post in the commission. They were Juan Carlos Mendoza, Carmen Muñoz, Claudio Monge and Maria Eugenia Granados (of PAC), José María Villalta (FA), Carlos Gongora (ML) and Gloria Bejarano (PUSC).
The legislators’ request was made after new statements from Orozco, who disrespects the rights and dignity of homosexual people.
Orozco also expressed his intention to invite the Spanish doctor, Jokin de Irala, who describes homosexuality as a "disorder of human sexual development", to the Legislature.
In May 2013 a new Legislative Directory could leave Orozco out of the Human Rights Commission, although it will be up to the president-elect in Congress.
The regulation gives legislative power to the president to do the integration of the commissions. In 2012 it was Víctor Emilio Granados, as president, who appointed Orozco to the commission, although his four colleagues subsequently elected him as president.
Thousands of citizens have demanded the resignation of Orozco in several campaigns promoted in social networks.
In 2012 a campaign collected more than 15,000 "faces" they said # fuerajustoorozco (outjustoorozco) through facebook and twitter.
Now a campaign is driven via Avaaz.org, "Out the hatred and homophobia from the Legislative Assembly" which already totals more than 23 thousand people.
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