NY State Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr: ‘Where is the Gay Community Now That the Governor Needs Them?’

DiazsrHomophobic NY State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. issued a press release yesterday suggesting that Governor David Paterson is in trouble because he supported marriage equality, and painting the gay community as fair weather friend.

Said Diaz: "I remember back on Sunday May 17, 2009, I organized a demonstration of
tens of thousands people in front of Governor David Paterson’s Manhattan
office to protest his staunch support for gay marriage and the Governor
stood by the gay community and didn’t waver.

… The Governor went out on a limb for the gay community in his efforts to
support marriage equality and to bring that bill to the Senate floor, even
though he knew it did not have sufficient votes to pass and that thousands
of people in New York State did not want it and will not support him for
election because of that issue. Where is the gay
community now that the Governor needs them?"

Paterson officially announced his longshot election bid on Saturday.


  1. alexinboston says

    I would ask this of Sen Diaz: “Where were you when your constituents needed you? Your Latino, Caucasian, African American, Asian GLBT member constituencies seem not to be represented by you. When at your Swearing in, as a NYS Senator, you vowed to represent all peoples of your district, but you seem to have forgotten that you are the “People’s Representative” and not just a select few (Evangelicals) but ALL PEOPLE! You have taken an oath on the Bible to uphold BOTH the US Constitution and The Constitution of New York State – both documents i might add declare that ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL – so rather then be a pompous and sanctimonious ASSWIPE why not ask yourself “Have I done my Duty to the Citizens of NYS and MY district?? Stop worrying about who is supporting the Governor, rather worry more about who you support as Senator!! You are a disgrace to the office you hold, to the people you serve and to the disservice you have rendered under oath!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Bill says

    Governor Patterson was in trouble the day he took office. Remember, he and his wife said they had extramarital affairs, the reason Governor Spitzer resigned, a couple days after being sworn in.

    Patterson should drop out of the race. He can only lose.

  3. ichabod says

    Diaz is just sowing the seeds of discontent as usual (I’m putting that mildly).

    I’ll still vote for Patterson, what else is Diaz suggesting we do? (Though, really, I don’t especially give a hang as to what this conflicted bigot thinks…)

  4. malo says

    Listen people, most Latinos (and Puerto Ricans for sure) do not support Senator Diaz Sr. He doesn’t represent us. Political parties impose the candidates in our communities. Very few choices; bad or worst most of the time. We are sick tired of the corruption and self serving politicians in our neighborhoods. Latinos and Hispanics don’t vote for other Latinos only or always. Help us get better candidates and leave behind old myths about economic hardship, and race. We care about liberty, civil rights, fairness and many other issues. Help us.

  5. walter says

    senator diaz should remember ther wasn’t tens of thousands and those that were protesting had to be bused in and included people who actually diaz and ecerything he is the hasidic community of dirty beards

  6. Patric says

    While I think that ALEXINBOSTON asks a much more important question, I think that Diaz asks a fair, if premature, question.

    Personally, I believe that the Governor has stood up for equality (and in a much more earnest and sincere manner than Bloomberg, who was sure to appear at every press conference or other photo op regarding marriage equality while running for re-election but who has done nothing to sway the Republican senators to whom he has donated loads of cash to support equality) and now deserves our support. While I expect that Attorney General Cuomo, also a supporter of marriage equality, will be the Dem nominee for Governor in the fall and I most certainly would vote for him against Lazio or any other homophobe the Repuglicans put up, I’m irked at Cuomo’s upcoming presence at a fundraiser for anti-gay state senator Carl Kruger. I will be voting for Governor Paterson in the primary and hope that many other GLBT voters will be doing the same.

    Here is what David Mixner said about Cuomo’s upcoming appearance at the Kruger fundraiser:

    “”Cuomo is the leading contender for the nomination for governor in New York,” wrote Mixner. “He supports marriage equality as policy but evidently has no problem in assisting those who oppose it. Wonder if he would have been so quick if Kruger had voted against interfaith or interracial marriage. I don’t think so. However, apparently it is totally fine to campaign and raise funds for a man who not only opposed marriage equality for the LGBT community but was hateful in his opposition.”

    Here is the response of the Cuomo campaign:

    ““As a statewide elected Democrat, AG Cuomo regularly hosts events to support other Democrats, many of whom share his support for marriage equality,” said Phil Singer in an e-mailed statement. “AG Cuomo is a longtime, active advocate for making marriage equality a reality and strongly disagrees with Senator Kruger’s position on this issue.”

  7. Don says

    It’s no secret that Patterson has made a sport of doing battle with the legislature, particularly the senate. I think he knew marriage equality would go down and wanted Diaz and the others (Addabbo, Aubertine, Huntley, Kruger, Monserrate, Onorato and Stachowski) to be exposed for the bigots they are. While I don’t like it when politics are played with my civil rights, anything that brings light to the snakepit that is the State Senate does a service to the people of New York. Diaz thinks he is striking back and trying to make us the villains but anyone who’s not already on his side can see through his bigoted rant. Patterson will likely not be reelected and that is most certainly not our fault. But if we want marriage equality here, the score is one down, six to go.

  8. jamal49 says

    No se preocupe Ud., Sr. senador de mierda que estamos aqui listos para apoyar al nuestro gran amigo el gobernador honorable y decente el Sr. Patterson. Sr. senador, Ud. es un pendejo asqueroso y una comemierda sin verguenza y le ofrezco a Ud. mi consejo sincero que es vayase al carajo.

  9. FunMe says

    That CHINO (Christian In Name Only) has not business in politics. He should be removed from office. And he will. Karma always catches up with these HOMOPHOBES.

    The hate they spill will end up part of his destruction.

    Sure he can feel arrogant right now.

    Trust me, he will get his karma.

  10. Rich says

    ANY politician who bases their political stance and decisions on their religious convictions, as Diaz has proven over and over, should be removed from office as a matter of course. IT IS PROHIBITED by our own laws. And yet religion is used as a hook to gather sheep who all bleat against equal rights.

    Diaz (et al), you are welcome to your bible, just keep it off my nightstand!

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