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Posted at 09:16 AM ET, 08/29/2011

Puerto Rico senator resigns after Weiner-esque photo scandal


Puerto Rico Sen. Roberto Arango, right, poses for a photo with former President Bill Clinton, center, in San Juan in April 2008. (Andres Leighton - AP)
A Puerto Rico senator says he can’t remember whether he posted explicit photos on the gay cruising app Grindr, but presented a letter of resignation this weekend anyway.

Roberto Arango gave an Anthony Weiner-esque non-denial of the photos to local news outlets: “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.”

Arango has previously voted in favor of Resolution 99, a proposal that would block any attempt to permit same-sex marriages in Puerto Rico. He has also opposed adoption rights for gay people.

The AP reports.that local news media published photos from the application showing, “a man’s nude upper body with a cell phone obscuring his face,” and another showing “a rear view of a nude man on his hands and knees.”

The fuzzy image of the face seemed to match Arango’s, and the man in the photo was also wearing Arango’s trademark necklace.

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