NY Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. Has Two Gay Brothers and Cries Over Liza

Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr., who has been the staunchest opponent of marriage equality in New York, has two gay brothers and loves Liza Minnelli so much that she brings him to tears, New York magazine reports:

Diazsr "Over the Christmas holiday, Christopher Lynn, a former top Giuliani
aide and founding member of the gay and lesbian Stonewall Democratic
Club in New York City, took one of his closest friends, a Democratic
state senator, to a performance of Liza Minnelli's Broadway show, Liza's at the Palace … !
During the poignant rendition of Charles Aznavour's drag-queen ballad,
"What Makes a Man a Man?" ("I know my life is not a crime/ I'm just a
victim of my time"), Lynn turned to his friend and saw that he was
choked up. 'Diaz was in tears,' says Lynn. Yes, that Diaz — Bronx
senator Ruben Diaz Sr., the Pentecostal Puerto Rican minister and
scourge of gay marriage. … Diaz, who has not one but two gay brothers, says, 'I'm not
homophobic. I have a problem with gay marriage. I have no problem with
gays.' Even Liza Minnelli won’t change his mind about that, but her
deft, shaky hand did stroke at least some part of his soul. 'It touched
me, something touched me,' Diaz told New York about the performance that moved him to tears. 'Something got to me.'"

Diaz has promised if Paterson brings marriage equality up for a vote in the Senate he will do "something" and it will be "big".

Comments

  1. David D. says

    “Diaz has promised if Paterson brings marriage equality up for a vote in the Senate he will do ‘something’ and it will be ‘big’.”

    New York, New York? Liza might even lend him the outfit.

  2. Wayne says

    The standard bigot defense. Trot out the gay relatives. Yeah, yeah, you love your gay relatives, you just don’t want them to have equal rights. There is only one thing worse than a bigot, and that’s a hypocritical bigot.

  3. CKNJ says

    So he says ‘I’m not homophobic. I have a problem with gay marriage. I have no problem with gays.’… well you know what? I have no problem with bigots (well at least I accept that they exist) but I have a problem when they ACT on their bigotry. None of us can change who we are, Senator Bigot, but we do have control over how our actions impact others, and obviously you do not even care enough about your gay siblings (let alone the rest of us) to want to grant them full rights. Nice… with a brother like you, who needs enemies?

  4. says

    I hope Diaz’s gay brothers have some blackmail material on Diaz and that they plan to do something “big” also.

    Doubt it will. This story refers to something from seven months ago. It speaks volumes about the Uncle Tom’s in our community, letting someone run roughshod and these guys are waving a pass.

  5. g_whiz says

    I don’t find this article useful or relevant. So he has gay brothers. I should hope having a special insight into how “the fight against gay marriage” would disenfranchise them would make him at least more ambivalent about raking gay people who simply want to be able to take care of their families over the coals. Its nice that the guy has gay friends he goes to see Liza with. I couldn’t give a toss. This guy is using his political power to disenfranchize, and I think the gay people in his life should be taking him to task for it. That is, unless they’re just on the Christmas card list for convenient articles.

    The quote “Some of my best friends/family/co-workers are gay…but I don’t think they deserve the same things I deserve” is so patently disengenuine I don’t comprehend how these “friends” don’t call him on it.

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