NY Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. Calls ‘Emergency Summit’ on Gay Marriage

Like almost everyone else, New York state senator Ruben Diaz Sr. was caught by surprise at Governor David Paterson's announcement that he would be re-introducing same-sex marriage legislation and wanted to vote on it. You may remember, Diaz Sr. was one of the gang of three Democrats who brokered a deal with senator Malcolm Smith allowing him to become majority leader.

Diazsr Democrats had not planned to bring same-sex marriage legislation up for a vote unless they were sure it had the votes to pass. Paterson says he wants debate and a vote, regardless.

Diaz is flipping out. He has called an "emergency summit" of the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization to strategize on what to do. Elizabeth Benjamin from the NYDN reports:

"In a brief telephone interview this morning, Diaz Sr., a Pentecostal
minister who has long been vocal in his opposition to gay marriage,
questioned Paterson's timing and called it 'ridiculous,' particularly
given the fact that this is the week Archbishop Timothy Dolan is being
installed in his new job. 'I think this is the wrong time to do it,' Diaz Sr. said. '(Paterson) is doing this as a welcoming ceremony for the new Catholic?
It's ridiculous.' In the press release announcing tomorrow's meeting at the Christian
Community Neighborhood Church, the Bronx Democrat went even further,
calling the governor's move 'disrespectful,' and adding: 'If I were
Governor Paterson, I would abstain from going to St. Patrick’s
Cathedral for the welcoming ceremony and to celebrate Mass.'"

Benjamin also reports that "Sen. Tom Duane, who was initially not pleased with Paterson's decision to push gay marriage, now says he believes the bill will pass 'with bipartisan support,' although he isn't naming the names of any GOP supporters.

So far, four Senate Democrats, including Diaz Sr., are on the record as saying they will oppose the bill."


  1. Glenn says

    What is it with certain Catholics that they see everything as targeting their church? (See, in particular, Bill Donohue.) Who gives a shit about Dolan’s investiture being the same week as Paterson makes his announcement? I got news for Diaz: not everything is about him and his preferred form of mysticism. What. An. Ass.

  2. Christopher says

    Diaz is a Pentecostalist not Roman Catholic. Pentecostalists think Catholics are not even Christian, but rather Pope-groveling, statue worshipping idolaters who, on the greased slide to hell, are riding just behind homos and Jews. That Diaz would even bring up the new archbishop’s investiture is a craven attempt to whip up opposition to Paterson’s plan beyond the tiny numbers of snake handlers he presides over every Sunday.

    Oh, and New York’s new bishop doesn’t get a pass here, either. Why is he fucking smiling so goddam much in every press photo? He looks like he just won a trip to Disney Land on a bus full of altar boys when his church is in the toilet, churches and schools closing at the rate of one a day, and his parishioners are largely blue-collar folk suffering mightily from the current economic depression. And all he can do is giggle and wonder if people will really open the doors to St. Pat’s when he knocks on them bang-bang Maxwell Silver like with his silver hammer? What a bona-fide ass he has already proven himself to be.

    Sweet Jesus, save us from your fucking followers.

  3. woodroad34 says

    I kind of envision Diaz saying something to Patterson like:

    “You cursed brat. Look what you’ve done. I’m melting, I’m melting. What a world, what a world. Who would have thought that a good little girl like you could destroy my beautiful wickedness.”

    And then he continues with his meltdown.

  4. bading says

    Can someone please organize some sort of action in support of this? Unfortunately, I do not have the wherewithal to do it myself. A rally perhaps? A kiss-in? Thanks in advance and count me in!

  5. KJ says

    Don’t they smack the pope in the face with a silver hammer a few times to make sure he’s dead?

    At any rate, good for Paterson and good for New York. Hopefully the new Archdoucheship of New York will spend his first week making a complete ass out of himself.

  6. So Left I'm Right says

    What a bunch of high grade BS! Diaz can go fuck himself. What an ass. I don’t believe Duane, although it would certainly be great if there are surprise votes in support of this, but I tend to doubt it. I’m not so sure I like Patterson’t gamble either, but hey, now it’s out there, let’s run with it.

    What in God’s name does the “new Catholic” have to do with anything? The Catholic kid-fuckers have NOTHING to say on our public policy on marriage. Separation of church and state! Catholics, you will never be asked to perform a religious marriage about which you disapprove. That is the only thing you have a right to be concerned about. However, your religious beliefs have no relevance to civil law and marriage rights for American citizens, who are ALL equal before the law, be they Christian, Jew, Muslim, atheist, gay, straight or whatever else.

  7. Contrarian says

    I sense most of you don’t have the dubious “pleasure” of living in the land of inept craven politicians known as the (so-called) Empire State. Our accidental chief executive (thanks to Gov. Hooker,oops Spitzer) while he seems a nice man, is woefully unprepared to govern. Our transportation system is in meltdown, and in the face of an economic and budget crisis, our real governor, Speaker Silver (think Jackie Mason on socialist steroids)is raising both taxes and spending! The marriage bill is, I’m afraid a calculated diversion by a politico whose poll numbers are rock bottom. He can’t get the votes to save the subway fare and he’s going to get gay marriage?? Don’t hold your breath.

  8. JT says

    On a side note: Thanks for that reminder, Christopher. People forget that Pentecostals (and some other Protestants) hate Catholics (especially New York and Boston ones) worse than gays do.

  9. Island Girly says

    Diaz is a Pentacostal. WTF does he care if Paterson attends the welcoming ceremony for the new Archbishop? Diaz says,. “‘If I were Governor Paterson, I would abstain from going to St. Patrick’s Cathedral for the welcoming ceremony and to celebrate Mass.'” So all of a sudden the Pentacostalists and Catholics are good buddies? When will these wingnuts ever understand that church and state are separate? Hatred makes for strange bedfellows.

  10. dancobd@aol.com says

    This shifty Diaz character really seems to embody the full range of the “religious” hypocrite. What a poor excuse for a human being. Just the arrogance in his picture is enough to make me puke. This douchebag wants everyone to live by what his god is telling him to do. What a wacko!

  11. Dan Cobb says

    Diaz and his Pentacostal primitives and his “new Catholic” (whatever the hell that is) buddies and all of these false and deceitful people who use religion as a means to power should be tried for treason for seeking to subvert the secularity of our nation’s Constitution. If they are found guilty of treason, they should receive the most extreme punishment under the law.

  12. Matt says

    I was wondering the same thing, why is a Pentecostal getting the catholic church’s back when they see us (I’m catholic..I guess) as a bunch of pope-loving, mary-worshipping polytheist pagans. Anyway you could link a major event of any conservative form of worship to around this time.. it would have been funnier had he said something like “What an awful Passover gift to those othrodox jews!” That would have almost made up for his bigotry.

  13. Bill Perdue says

    Religion and patriotism are used to cover endemic corruption.

    Diaz is an ordained pentecostal minister like the infamous bigot who runs the DNC, Leah Daughty and Obama’s Minister of Pandering, Joshua Dubois. Until recently Diaz ran the Christian Community and runs the Christian Community Neighborhood Church.

    In 2008 it was reported that “many Bronx elected officials and organizations linked to them have been subpoenaed by the feds or city investigators… Already making ink with probes are State Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. and Assemblyman son Ruben Jr…”

    The intersection of politics and religion leads is corruption and theocracy and it has to end if we’re to get equality. The fight for SSM, ENDA and against hate crimes by christians would be enhanced by calling for the end of all tax breaks, ‘faith based’ bribes and other corrupt practices.

    If the 2008 investigation of Diaz and his son eventually reveal anything he should be expelled from the NY Senate.

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