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Ruben Diaz Sr. Calls on Biblical Warriors to Fight Gay Marriage

Anti-gay New York State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr., who was targeted today by Fight Back NY because of his ongoing battle against marriage equality, remained defiant, telling the Gotham Gazette:

Diazsr “The people of my district are very smart people they aren’t going to change senators from one who brings them housing and resources for a person who is just going to bring them gay marriage. It’s stupid– what they doing is making me stronger and i love it. They make me stronger, they should keep on doing it.”

But it's clear from a letter that Diaz sent out today that he is obsessed with gay marriage, calling on his God-fearing supporters to come to the defense of his fellow anti-gay bigot legislators!

July 28, 2010

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

On Tuesday, September 14, 2010 primary elections will take place in the Democratic and Republican parties to re-elect or elect people to represent our communty (sic) in the New York State legislature.

These election results will be vital to us as Christians and God-fearing people to keep our family, moral and traditional values that our ancestors left us and that the Bible teaches us.

Senators Shirley Huntley, Frank Padavan and Hiram Monserrate were instrumental in joining me to defeat the gay marriage bill in the New York State Senate. Today the State of New York does not have legalized gay marriage and we have to praise God and thank Senators Shirley Huntley, Frank Padavan and Hiram Monserrate.

They all risked their chances of being elected in order to take this stand.

We in the Christian community – and all God-fearing people – owe them our support, our respect and our help.

The homosexual community has targeted the three of them and put candidates – funded with money from the homosexual community – so their candidate can vote for gay marriage next year.

Therefore, I am counting on all of you to not only pray for Senators Shirley Huntley, Frank Padavan and Hiram Monserrate, but to also offer them all of the support and help that you can give during their re-election efforts or elections to another position.

As a State Senator, a Pastor, and a Christian, I need Senators Shirley Huntley, Frank Padavan and Hiram Monserrate back in the New York State legislature for next year when the gay marriage issue will take top priority in New York State. We do not have the luxury of losing these three legislators who have fought so hard for our family, moral and traditional values in the State legislature.

Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz


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  1. pls don't scapegoat black people for the loss of marriage equality in CA... it was a confluence of consensus from religious types; mormon, katholic, other.

    Oust this guy, for sure, but leave the race-politics out of the mix.

    Moving on...

    Posted by: stephen | Jul 29, 2010 10:08:39 AM

  2. With all that faces the world right now is witch hunting the gays really our top priority? I am so sick of these creeps using us to forward their "agenda"

    Posted by: steve | Jul 29, 2010 11:07:12 AM

  3. "i wonder if this horrific person will ever realize that he is standing against everything our founding fathers fought so hard for?"


    So many different ways I could take that statement (with the exception of a few of those founding fathers; Benjamin Franklin would be one of them)

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Jul 29, 2010 11:20:57 AM

  4. WHOA.

    Rubén Díaz is ethnically PUERTO RICAN. Race matters little here-- what matters is he represents a heavily Puerto Rican district as a fire-breathing Fundamentalist "Christian". A lot of poor immigrants to the US fall victim to fundamentalist cultists, who give them food, shelter and help with the whole paperwork mess-- in return for life-long tithing and submission to their psychotic teachings.

    And BTW: For the LAST FUCKING TIME, the African-American vote did not really matter AT ALL in Prop H8's results. Old religious white folk really swayed the vote here in CA; and those stupid fucks are dying off, so it's simply a matter of time. We also need to blame overconfidence caused by pre-election polls showing support for our side (there was a clear Bradley effect; hypocritical people SAID they were on our side to not seem like the backward bigoted fucks they were, then they voted FOR Prop H8-- the stupid assholes).

    Posted by: One of the CA 36,000 | Jul 29, 2010 11:32:02 AM

  5. And people wonder why I'm pro term limits.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 29, 2010 12:14:10 PM

  6. He's a fucking scumbag and I hope the people in his district see him for the hate mongering pussbag that he is

    Posted by: androjai | Jul 29, 2010 12:36:47 PM

  7. I live in Bayside, Frank Padavan's home turf. I never voted for the bastard in the past on other issues, but I am actively supporting the opposition. My husband of one year (we married in Provincetown last 8/20) and partner of almost 31 years (this Sept.) have owned a home in Bayside for 26 years and deserve every single right that marriage bestows in the state of NY. It is a civil right that has nothing whatsoever to do with religion. At the end of every ceremony in every state, the words begin, "by the power invested in me by the STATE of...not by the power invested in me by Jesus Christ, Mohammad, Adonai, etc. We really need to get past this in our daily lives as citizens and devote the energy to health care, housing, JOBS...

    Posted by: Kenn | Jul 29, 2010 1:01:36 PM

  8. The really sad thing about this is that, demographically, Sen. Diaz' candidates will probably get the voter turnout needed for them to win their primary races.

    The Bronx, Corona-Elmhurst Queens, Washington Hts., various parts of Brooklyn are hotbeds of evangelical christianity. More than any other group, traditionally Catholic Latinos have been going over to the evangelical side in huge numbers, not just in New York but nationwide.

    Also, in my area of Queens, the Koreans are also becoming very evangelical. The Koreans take their evangelicalism very seriously and they are very anti-gay marriage.

    The African-American church community, especially in Queens and Brooklyn are virulently anti-gay and on these types of social-cultural issues where religion can be used to foment distrust of, aversion to, and even hatred against LGBT people, the Blacks and Latinos march in lockstep.

    Ruben Diaz, Sr. is a vile man, probably one of the most unhappy and soulless persons ever. It's odd, too, because his son, Ruben Diaz, Jr., is a real sweetheart and has been very supportive LGBT issues.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jul 29, 2010 1:45:55 PM

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