Not a surprise, but Democratic state senator Ruben Diaz, Sr. says he's organizing a protest against same-sex marriage legislation, City Room reports:
"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."
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,
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Assemblyman Daniel O'Donnell:
State senator Thomas Duane:
NYC City Council Speaker Christine Quinn: