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Archbishop, Democratic Bigot Senator Balk at Marriage Equality Bill

Not a surprise, but Democratic state senator Ruben Diaz, Sr. says he's organizing a protest against same-sex marriage legislation, City Room reports:

Diazsr "Only hours after Gov. David A. Paterson said he would introduce legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in New York, about 100 people attended a meeting on Thursday at the Christian Community Neighborhood Church in the Bronx, where State Senator Rubén Díaz Sr. is the pastor, to discuss plans to protest. The church meeting, led by Mr. Diaz, was organized by the New York Hispanic Clergy Association. In attendance were Hispanic bishops and pastors from churches across the city, as well as some congregants. Mr. Díaz told those in attendance that they were starting to plan a large rally to be held some time in May."

Diaz also immediately enlisted the help of newly-installed Archbishop Timothy Dolan, calling for a meeting with the Catholic leader.

The New York Daily News reports: "Diaz, a Pentecostal minister, blasted Paterson for introducing the measure during Passover and a day after city Catholics welcomed new Archbishop Timothy Dolan. 'It's a slap in the face,' Diaz said.  Dolan also promised to fight Paterson's proposal."

Smith Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith, who was not present at yesterday's press conference, released a statement shortly after the presser: "I have been and continue to be a strong supporter of marriage equality and remain steadfast in my commitment to passing the marriage equality legislation submitted today by Governor Paterson. No person should ever be denied their civil rights or the basic freedoms others can enjoy...I am fully committed to continuing the process of securing the 32 votes necessary for passage and ensuring that all New Yorkers can realize the right of marriage equality which is fundamentally theirs."

Assemblyman Daniel O'Donnell, and state senator Tom Duane promised to fight for the votes to pass the bill at yesterday's press conference.

My video of their remarks, along with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's,
AFTER THE JUMP...

Assemblyman Daniel O'Donnell:

State senator Thomas Duane:

NYC City Council Speaker Christine Quinn:

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  1. So the smug asshole wants to throw a rally. Bring it on baby!

    Posted by: Mark (another one) | Apr 17, 2009 9:37:55 AM


  2. What a shame that NY Senator Diaz feels driven to throw himself in to this, not caring how he will inevitably end up on the wrong side of history.

    But it must be understood that Diaz is a religious, fundamentalist extremist, no different than the extremist of other religions, who believe that God will reward them for hurting others.

    Be clear, this has NOTHING whatsoever to do with the true 'gospel' of Jesus Christ, and if anything, Diaz is one of the greatest impediments to other people finding any value in Christ or Christian teachings.

    To bad Diaz won by overwhelming numbers in his district. This doesn't mean he isn't susceptible to other kinds of pressure, including from within his own party caucus.

    Posted by: Mark Woods | Apr 17, 2009 9:52:41 AM


  3. I think the best way to counter Diaz would be a counter protest that completely overwhelms his. I say if he does it in NYC we all show up and drown out his message of hate.

    What better message could we send to Albany?

    Posted by: MT | Apr 17, 2009 10:01:37 AM


  4. Couldn't agree more with MT. Counter protest to drown out the cries of hatred. Bring it.

    Posted by: NYCSteve | Apr 17, 2009 10:06:33 AM


  5. The tax-exempted status of the Christian Community Neighborhood Church should be taken away.

    They are either a church or political organization they can not be both.

    And Diaz should know that. Best way to stop these people is with the IRS.

    Posted by: traffick | Apr 17, 2009 10:21:38 AM


  6. yes- Let's Have A Party!!!

    Posted by: Ed2 | Apr 17, 2009 10:21:42 AM


  7. It seems to me that this is all this windbag has to go on to keep his name in the media.. he reminds me of Al Sharpton beating his just with nothing to back it up. I agree that if he should put together a rally we all show up in force to show him what he is dealing with.

    Posted by: Joe | Apr 17, 2009 10:40:41 AM


  8. Joe, please don't compare Sen. Diaz to Al Sharpton; Rev. Sharpton supports gay rights and he is not a bigot. Nevertheless, I think we should have a rally too.

    Posted by: Mel Smith | Apr 17, 2009 10:51:57 AM


  9. Mr. Diaz is doing nothing less than practicing religious tyranny on those of who will not worship his false god of the Bible. His scriptures are a lie and he is using that lie to pass moral judgment on good people (Gays) that have not committed any wrong.

    Posted by: 1♥ | Apr 17, 2009 11:46:20 AM


  10. FINALLY the fight for equality comes to our own back yard (apartment terraces). Diaz all but dared gays to bring it when he first threatened not to caucus with fellow Dems if they didn't pre=emptively agree not to intro a gay rights bill this year. Now he's calling for a religious holy war on the streets of New York? Queers, we better get off our asses and shout him and his fellow bigots decisively down or you know what? We don't deserve the right to marry in this state yet.

    Posted by: christopher | Apr 17, 2009 12:25:07 PM


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