Alejandro Toledo of the Peru Possible Party has been knocked out of Peru's presidential race.

Toledo, who backed the legalization of gay marriage, came in fourth place in Sunday's first round vote for president. The two top vote-getters, leftist ex-army officer Ollanta Humala and right-wing lawmaker Keiko Fujimori, daughter of the jailed ex-president, advanced to the second round.

Toledo outraged the Roman Catholic Church when he said that gay marriage was part of his party's political agenda. Toledo, however, advocated for civil unions, saying marriage remained out of reach.

While not directly mentioning any candidate by name, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani of Lima urged Catholics to reject gay marriage.

“Marriage is a life-long union between one man and one woman, despite attempts by some to propose other things,” he said during a Mass commemorating the anniversary of the founding of Lima.

More radical was Archbishop Luis Bambaren who told reporters that politicians “are just looking for votes when they propose useless things like gay marriage.”

“I do not know why we talk about gays. Let's speak in Creole or Castilian: They're fags. That's how you say it, right?” he added.