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04/19/2007


NY State Senator Ruben Diaz Says NYC Mayoral Longshot Should Go Gay For Attention

Senator Ruben Diaz Sr., the only Democrat in the New York State Senate who voted against the marriage equality bill in 2011, has been busy lately supporting evangelical minister Erick Salgado in his long-shot bid to become the next mayor of NYC. While Salgado's fund-raising and name recognition pales in comparison to rival candidates, Diaz has a suggestion that will rocket his candidate to the top of the polls: go gay. 

Politicker reports:

DiazNever shy about speaking his mind, State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. suggested in his latest missive that long-shot mayoral candidate Erick Salgado could net far more publicity for his campaign if he just declared himself gay, solicited prostitutes, and tweeted photos of his underwear.

'Salgado could declare that he is a homosexual, go to the City Hall Clerk, get a license, marry another man in a public garden, and become the very first male New York City mayoral candidate who is officially married to a man," Mr. Diaz, a booster of Mr. Salgado, wrote in his ongoing series of "What You Should Know" statements.

"If he does this, I am absolutely certain that he will get millions and millions of dollars in free publicity," Mr. Salgado said. 

Diaz later said that Salgado should take a page out of Anthony Weiner's book and "take some photos of himself in his underwear and tweet  them to different young women, lie about it, and then accuse someone of tampering with his Twitter account." 


NY Senator Ruben Diaz Writes Love Letter to NOM in Response to Damning NYT Editorial

In response to a NYT editorial yesterday outlining NOM's race-baiting activities in which the paper said Romney, Santorum, and Gingrich "should be racing" to condemn the organization, marriage equality opponent  and NY state Senator Ruben Diaz sent out a press release:

DiazWe Are United

You should know that like many Black and Hispanic members of the clergy in New York and throughout the United States, I am exceptionally grateful for the National Organization for Marriage, and for NOM’s President, Brian Brown.

I write this as a Democrat, as a State Senator and as the President of the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization, which represents tens of thousands of Hispanic and Black Christians.

On behalf of all those churches, I am here to say: I have worked closely with the National Organization for Marriage and I have marched with NOM's President Brian Brown to defend our civil right to be heard in the debate over the meaning of marriage.

Brian Brown and NOM have done something, that no one has been able to do before: they have helped Black and Hispanic people throughout the nation to find our voice when everyone else rejected us and excluded us from the debate.

You should know that NOM has not divided us, it has brought us unity; NOM has given a voice to the voiceless on the marriage issue, and shown us respect for our core, and sacred values on marriage---a respect the mainstream media has consistently denied us.

No New York Times editorial, nor anyone else will be able to sow seeds of dissension between us and NOM in this great effort to protect marriage.

You should know that we will continue to our work with Brian Brown and NOM, and we will continue to praise the Lord for the courageous people He has led into our lives.

I am Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz, and this is what you should know.


Ruben Diaz's Building Has Been Invaded By Gays

Ruben_diaz--300x300Why's the sourpuss at right all "hot and bothered," according to the New York Post?

Because he's Rev. Ruben Diaz, Sr., that's why -- the Democrat state senator from the Bronx who's been a vocal opponent of LGBT progress in New York since at least 1994, when he tried to keep the Gay Games from his city. The Games would spread AIDS, he said, and queerify New York's impressionable youth. Since then, Diaz has campaigned harder and longer than any other New York Democrat against marriage equality, leading a crowd of thousands in protest against gay marriage this summer. And now, the Bronx's biggest gay rights organization, Bronx Pride, has taken out a lease in the building named after him: The Rev. Ruben Diaz Gardens. According to the Post:

The 68-year-old official is far from happy about the new tenants, Bronx political sources said, especially after losing the same-sex marriage battle in Albany this year.

"He’s furious," a source said. "It’s such a direct shot at him."

The Rev. Ruben Diaz gardens is a 111-unit building originally dedicated solely to government-subsidized housing.


NY Race for Weiner's Seat Shows GOP's Turner with Edge

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Good As You looks at the faith-attacking flyers NOM is employing in its campaign against pro-equality candidate David Weprin in the special election race for Anthony Weiner's seat which voters will see at the polls tomorrow. NOM is spending $75,000 to try and defeat Weprin.

Bill Clinton and Governor Andrew Cuomo appear in robo-calls targeting New York's 9th Congressional District as election day approaches, USA Today reports:

Turner, a businessman, leads Weprin, a state assemblyman, 58%-26% among voters unaffiliated with either major political party, according to the survey released Sunday by the left-leaning Public Policy Polling firm. The poll notes that Obama is highly unpopular in the heavily Democratic district that takes in Brooklyn and Queens.

"If Turner wins on Tuesday it will be largely due to the incredible unpopularity of Barack Obama dragging his party down in the district," says a PPP memo on its poll.

A Siena Research Institute poll last week on the race showed Turner with a six-point lead.

Meanwhile, anti-gay Senator Ruben Diaz says he's thrilled at the opportunity to campaign against Weprin:

"I praise the Lord that the National Organization for Marriage has given me opportunities to robo-call and send mailings to the voters in the 9th Congressional District about my support for Bob Turner's pro-family values. These efforts will empower Bob Turner with real support from New York's Hispanic community."


Anti-Gay Lawmakers Ruben Diaz and Sally Kern are Pen Pal BFFs

Oklahoma Rep. Sally Kern is just one of several letters from an "outpouring of support" New York State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. says he's received since casting his vote against marriage equality in New York.

Diaz_kern Wrote Kern, who as you may recall is famous for her rant saying gays are more of a threat to America than terrorists, in her letter to the Senator:

“Sen. Diaz, you are in my prayers. Three years ago I was the target of the homosexuals because of statements I made regarding the dangers of the homosexual agenda. So I know what you are going through. Continue to stand strong on God’s Word. What the homosexuals mean for evil toward you, God will use for His glory, your good, and the benefit of others. God bless you and your family.”

Equality is a terrifying concept for some.


Anti-gay NY Senator Ruben Diaz Blames Marriage Equality Victory on Christians Who Pray Too Much

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Senator Ruben Diaz, the only Democrat in the New York State Senate to vote against the marriage equality bill, blamed the loss on fellow Christians who, he says, "pray too much and act too little," the Christian Post reports:

"Pastors and religious leaders are supposed to remember that we are supposed to be Christians before being Democrats or being Republicans. Our responsibility is with Jesus and not with Democratic Party or Republican Party."

He added that party affiliation is always secondary one's Christian faith in political decisions. Regardless of whether a political candidate is Republican or Democrat, Christians should support and vote for whomever shares their values.

"We should always think first as Christians," he said. "We should not be concerned if that person is Republican or Democrat. We should be concerned if that person has Christian values and go all the way for that person."

"We have to learn that because Jesus said that who is against us is not with us, that who is for us is with us. "

Diaz adds that he will wear his anti-gay vote with pride: "I made history. I'm the only New York State Democrat that voted against the bill. I will wear it as a badge of honor."


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