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  1. Mark D. says

    Andy – thank you for putting this up on the site. Gay and lesbian New York residents should be alarmed about Diaz’ (Sr.) attempt to thwart the passage of same sex marriage in the state Senate. He makes no apologies for his stance. Here’s a statement from his Senate website page put up in the last few days:

    “To clear the air and avoid any misunderstandings, there is a commitment – a handshake commitment – between Senator-elect Espada, Senator Kruger, Senator-elect Monserrate, and myself that we will not do anything until we meet Tuesday, November 11, 2008, and that any decision will be made public by the four of us after said meeting.

    If Senator-elect Hiram Monserrate has made a decision in Puerto Rico to endorse Senator Malcolm Smith, that is his decision. I have not made a decision yet and hope the others have not either. I have not committed myself to anybody, and my position as an ordained minister and a pastor will not allow me to support any would be leader that will bring gay marriage to the Senate floor.

    This is nothing new. Mr. Smith and all my colleagues have known my position for more than a year. That does not make me a Republican. Where is it written that in order to be a Democrat you have to support gay marriage? And where is it written that if you do not support gay marriage you are not a good Democrat? I have always been a Democrat. I remain a Democrat, and I will continue to be a Democrat. A Democrat who rejects gay marriage and abortion based upon my beliefs.” – State Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr, 32nd Senate District (Bronx).

    Folks – we need to be watching this closely. Don’t forget that Governor Patterson has publically stated he will sign the bill and the NY Assembly has already voted in favor. Let’s not let one person decide our future.

    FYI – his son, Ruben Diaz, Jr is a state Assembly member representing the 85th AD and while there’s nothing on record stating his position, he shouldn’t be confused with his father.

  2. elg says

    If a same-sex marriage bill reaches Gov. Patterson’s desk and he signs it, what’s to keep the religious right from overturning it like they just did in California with Prop. 8?

    Are the proponents of same-sex marriage any better organized in New York state than they were in California?

  3. says

    Well said, Olive.

    Can we just call this drama out for what it is: an opportunity for heretofore oppressed minorities to pay it forward and “legitimately” bash another minority?

    The old, white patriarchy is LOVING this in-fighting.

  4. Stuart says

    According to the NYT’s The Bronx has the largest concentration of same-sex couples raising children in New York City. Senator Diaz should hear from these families, their children and the community that clearly offers some measure of support for these same-sex families. It is time the larger gay and lesbian movement leverage, engage, incorporate and mobilize non-white gay and lesbian families. Senator Diaz should not be allowed belittle and disregard the lives of the gay and lesbian families who live in The Bronx.

  5. Stuart says

    According to the NYT’s The Bronx has the largest concentration of same-sex couples raising children in New York City. Senator Diaz should hear from these families, their children and the community that clearly offers some measure of support for these same-sex families. It is time the larger gay and lesbian movement leverage, engage, incorporate and mobilize non-white gay and lesbian families. Senator Diaz should not be allowed belittle and disregard the lives of the gay and lesbian families who live in The Bronx.

  6. Stuart says

    According to the NYT’s The Bronx has the largest concentration of same-sex couples raising children in New York City. Senator Diaz should hear from these families, their children and the community that clearly offers some measure of support for these same-sex families. It is time the larger gay and lesbian movement leverage, engage, incorporate and mobilize non-white gay and lesbian families. Senator Diaz should not be allowed belittle and disregard the lives of the gay and lesbian families who live in The Bronx.

  7. ERB says

    So lets make him aware that if he continues on this path, then we will be all over him like white on rice. And, when he tries to run for reelection, all of the west village, chlesea and hell’s kitchen will contribute $5 to his opponents campaign. We’ll show him exactly what a “good democrat” is!

  8. leshuck says

    Queer New Yorkers have worked within the system for years and years for marriage equality–to no avail.

    And it looks like these “rogue” bigots intend to use their power to continue the onerous system of anti-gay discrimination in New York.

    People, the time for protest is once again upon us, and it’s time to dust off the time-honored gay New York protest tradition: the “zap!”

    NYC queers pioneered–literally–the “zap” protest, where activists would show up and confront the oppressor, wherever he showed his face. It is right to speak truth to power. We must take action.

    Zap these bigots! Protest them wherever they show their faces–on the street, at a press conference, in their Albany offices–rise up!

  9. CK says

    Diaz, you represent ALL the people of your district, you bigoted fuck.. SERVE THEM ALL or take your bigoted fucking attitude and beliefs and go to hell! If you are not prepared to stand up for your constituents’ rights, all of them, you have NO RIGHT to be in office. That goes for your other pathetic sidekicks Kruger and Espade too!

  10. mike says

    Ruben Diaz, Sr. is a scumbag of the first order. He has been a pain in the ass for the NY State Democratic organization for at least 20 years. The guy is dishonest, corrupt and an absolute hypocrite. Ruben Diaz, Sr. is a philanderer and has fathered four children by three different woman other than his wife that I know of. He is now using gay and lesbian people as a power-play pawn. He is despicable. The sad thing is that in order for the Democrats to effectively control the NY State Senate, they need Diaz, Sr. He know it and is using it to push his own right-wing agenda. That asshole ought to be confronted by the angry mob and pelted with rotten eggs. The real shame is that his son, Ruben Diaz, Jr., gets a black eye every time his wing-nut father goes off on one of his wing-nut binges. Diaz, Jr. is a decent guy, honorable, honest, compassionate and a quiet supporter of gay and lesbian equality. Go figure.

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