Ruben Diaz back again

April 21, 2011 at 9:00 am 34 comments

Updated with title

By Adam Bink

I don’t know how many of you follow New York State politics or the 2009 effort to pass legislation legalizing marriage equality through the State Senate,  Sen. Ruben Diaz (D-Homophobia) is a bona fide homophobic embarrassment. He is not just an opponent and a minister, he grandstanded on this for weeks, warned of the coming Apocalypse, etc. like he was on the 700 Club. To say he gives Democrats a bad name is an understatement.

So imagine how far my eyes rolled into the back of my head when I read this:

Rev. Ruben Diaz, an outspoken Democratic senator from the Bronx, just issued a statement that accuses Gov. Andrew Cuomo of crossing a line by advocating for gay marriage during Holy Week. Diaz, a staunch opponent of same-sex marriage, said he was responding to news reports of Cuomo’s “excessive pressure to mobilize elected officials to legalize homosexual marriage in New York State.”

A coalition of gay-rights groups announced today that it is launching an aggressive campaign to get legislation passed and will target lawmakers who are opposed to same-sex marriage. Members of New Yorkers United for Marriage have been meeting with members of Cuomo’s staff. The Democratic governor has said getting gay-marriage legislation passed this session is a priority.

A bill to legalize same-sex marriage has passed the Democrat-led Assembly twice before. The Senate voted it down in 2009 with the help of eight Democrats who voted no. None of the 30 Republicans voted for it. For the bill to be successful this year, it would need support from some of the 32 Republicans in the Senate. Democrats are in the minority with 30 members.

This is Diaz’ full statement:

“I am deeply offended that during this Holy Week, which is a most sacred time to millions of New Yorkers, Governor Andrew Cuomo is working hard to mobilize elected officials to legalize homosexual marriage in New York.“We all know that Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Budget, which was done in haste to beat the clock, will cause tremendous suffering to countless New Yorkers – especially Black and Hispanic communities.  His cuts will hurt students, senior citizens, the sick, the poor and the needy.

“Now Governor Cuomo is targeting communities of faith in an effort to redefine marriage. The most basic tenets of New York’s largest faith communities include defining marriage as between one man and one woman. These religions that cherish these values include Catholic, Christian, Jewish and Muslim.

“I must ask, if Governor Cuomo is ethically allowed to use public resources during these serious financial times to raise funds (by having his staff raise money) and to use his staff (who are paid for with tax dollars) and his office (for weekly meetings) to promote a radical agenda, then shouldn’t we all be able to use our offices and staffs to raise resources for issues that matter to us?

“I implore my colleagues in New York’s government and my fellow religious leaders in New York State to oppose Governor Cuomo’s blatant and shameful attack on New York’s people of faith.  I encourage all New Yorkers of faith to raise your voices in prayer and in action to prevent Governor Cuomo from redefining marriage.”

Two things. One, this week is Passover, and as an observant Jew, Ruben, I’m offended at your attempts to exclude people from commitment to each other. Every year we have an orange on our Seder plate to symbolize the past exclusion of women from the bimah (pulpit) and, in some circles, lesbians from full participation and acceptance. There is more than one Holy Week for New Yorkers, Ruben.

Two, if this were International Save the Butterflies Week, Ruben Diaz would find a way to make a stink about it. And it’s not news that he is where he is. He’s just trying to find a new way to remain relevant.

Entry filed under: Marriage equality.

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34 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ann S.  |  April 21, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Break out the tiny violins again.

    • 2. Kathleen  |  April 21, 2011 at 9:18 am

    • 3. Ed Cortes  |  April 21, 2011 at 9:28 am

      I wonder – are they played by rethugnican violencists?

    • 4. JohanfromNL  |  April 21, 2011 at 9:33 am


      • 5. LCH  |  April 21, 2011 at 10:41 am

        “I am deeply offended that during this Holy Week, which is a most sacred time to millions of New Yorkers, Governor Andrew Cuomo is working hard to mobilize elected officials to legalize homosexual marriage in New York.“



  • 6. Hank (NYC)  |  April 21, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Well you homophobic bigot – we are offended that you are legislating from your pulpit… you need to choose who represent.

    Personally I’m glad he is offended.. and I hope he gets so riled up that he really oversteps into more BS that his true colors become more visible and his persomal religious animus is fully exposed for the BS that it is.

    • 7. Mark  |  April 21, 2011 at 9:48 am

      I have a great idea. Take away the tax-exemption status from ANY religious group that wants to push anti-gay legislation, or similarly, any type of discrimination. That way, they can continue to fight against the gay community, but it will be at a cost. If they want to benefit as a non-profit corporation, they will have to be welcoming to all individuals. I would start with the removal of the tax-exemption from the Westboro Baptist Church, and the second target would be the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Think of how much money would be funneled back to the government and would help cover our current deficit. Too long have these organization benefited, and have been allowed to operate as hate mongers.

      • 8. Michael Ejercito  |  April 22, 2011 at 6:01 pm

        I would start with the removal of the tax-exemption from the Westboro Baptist Church

        The Westboro Baptist Church is not an effective advocate of anything .

        I mean, they had announced that they would picket the funeral of Robert Byrd, one of the sponsors of DOMA .

        And in their response to a picket of Isaac Hayes, who was a Scientologist, someone well versed in Scientology wrote a letter to them, pointing out that Scientology is not exactly accepting of homosexuality. Here was their reply

        Take away the tax-exemption status from ANY religious group that wants to push anti-gay legislation, or similarly, any type of discrimination.

        It can possibly only fly if tax exemptions for religious groups that want to push pro-gay legislation are also taken away- in other words, requiring neutrality on this issue.

        • 9. Ronnie  |  April 22, 2011 at 6:22 pm

          Oh come on Ejercito…..we already know that you & the rest of the NOMroids don’t think of any religious group that doesn’t go lock in step with your anti-American Theocratic Dictatorship is a real religious group & entitled to religious liberty since you advocate creating laws that violate their religious liberty & force your selfish religious beliefs & definitions into the laws the apply to ALL those who don’t bow to you….I mean your “God”, religion, & holy book…….ok…moving on….MAUDE!!!…. 8 / ….Ronnie

  • 10. Alan E.  |  April 21, 2011 at 9:21 am

    just subscribing. I was never here.

  • 11. Ronnie  |  April 21, 2011 at 9:24 am

    It is also Earth week…. so as a tax paying citizen that honors & respects Gaia & our home of diversity, I am offended by Diaz demanding that the government revolve around HIS “holy week”, HIS religious beliefs, HIS “God”, HIS holy book…..Diaz, go blow it up your own pipe, your toxic waste is leaving a detrimental carbon footprint that is more pernicious then a monster truck rally….. :-& ….Ronnie

  • 12. Linda  |  April 21, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Once again we are reminded that there is no constitutional support for marriage descrimination; hense the desperate attempt to paint their attack on us as an attack on them.

    For someone who is so concerned about ensuring a respect for religion, he certainly is oblivious to the fact that 1. religions that differ from his are also valid, and
    2. The USA is a Secular Democracy not a Theocracy, and
    3. Marriage Equality does nothing to undermine his religion. His marriage will still be valid. His church may still refuse to bless a SS union.

    There is no attack.

    • 13. Ed Cortes  |  April 21, 2011 at 9:30 am

      But, Linda, that doesn’t support his bigotry and hatred!

    • 14. Linda  |  April 21, 2011 at 10:12 am

      Ha! I just noticed that I misspelled the word discrimination. How embarrassing!


      • 15. nightshayde  |  April 21, 2011 at 10:52 am

        At least you didn’t misspell “misspelled.” THAT would have been embarrassing. *giggle*

  • 16. Sagesse  |  April 21, 2011 at 9:34 am

    The non sequiturs in his argument are making me dizzy. Will read later, fully expect to still be dizzy.

    • 17. Linda  |  April 21, 2011 at 10:14 am

      @Sagesse–I agree; his arguments make no sense. There’s no logical flow from one point to the next. So I can only conclude that he knows his arguments aren’t valid, but he’s just trying to rile up his comrades in bigotry who also don’t care if their agenda is unconstitutional.

    • 18. Sagesse  |  April 21, 2011 at 4:12 pm

      Well, for example, how is it any more or less heinous that the Governor supports marriage equality during Holy Week than it is the rest of the time?

      • 19. Straight for Equality  |  April 21, 2011 at 4:49 pm

        Since he said, “I am deeply offended that during this Holy Week … Governor Andrew Cuomo is working hard to mobilize elected officials to legalize homosexual marriage in New York“ maybe he is offended that he is working hard, an offense something like working on the Sabbath is for Orthodox Jews.

        • 20. Sagesse  |  April 21, 2011 at 5:56 pm

          Just calling out logical inconsistencies. Governor Cuomo’s support is what it is. It’s not ‘more offensive’ during Holy Week. It’s just a rhetorical stretch to play the religion card with religious supporters.

  • 21. NetAmigo  |  April 21, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Christianity consists of more than Ruben’s homophobic right-wing religions. Ruben can celebrate his religious holiday but it is certainly not a civil state holiday. We are, also, dealing with civil marriage.

  • 22. gaydadtobe  |  April 21, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Is Earth day an affront to Christians because it fall son the same day as Good Friday?

    • 23. Ronnie  |  April 21, 2011 at 10:00 am

      ROFL….. XP ….Ronnie

    • 24. Ann S.  |  April 21, 2011 at 10:02 am

      I don’t know, but one year Opening Day was just such an affront.

  • 25. Rowdy  |  April 21, 2011 at 9:55 am

    So… why haven’t New Yorkers started re-calling his ass?

  • 26. Mark M. (Seattle)  |  April 21, 2011 at 10:01 am

    I am so deeply offended by his claim that people of faith are being targeted/attacked

    Governor Cuomo’s blatant and shameful attack on New York’s people of faith.

    This asswipe seems to forget that there are LOTS of people of faith who support GLBT equality issues, marriage equality specifically.

  • 27. JoeRH  |  April 21, 2011 at 10:28 am

    I’m so tired of the hypocrisy on the other side. Well I guess mostly republicans, but this guys sounds like he’s closer to their values than to a typical democrat. Anyway, they say they want government out of states, yet support rulings that umbrella the entire country. They say they want to cut spending, but are completely for wasting taxpayers’ money on defending discrimination. They say that our allies are wasting their time by trying to pass equality measures, but have no problem spending time fighting against equality. I don’t know if I can even believe that a lot of these “christians” are actually christians at all. From what I’ve heard, these people do not follow Jesus’s preachings at all and are more for destruction that any form of unity or peace. They always warn gay people about “judgement day” but I think we all know who will be judged the harshest: the people who thrive on hate rather than love.

    • 28. Kate  |  April 21, 2011 at 10:30 am

      AMEN!!!!! x1000

      • 29. Southern Bell  |  April 21, 2011 at 10:42 am

        Yes. Very well put.

  • 30. Ronnie  |  April 21, 2011 at 10:41 am

    “My Love”, a poem against homophobia, by Musa Okwonga

    This is a poem by Musa Okwonga titled “My Love (for Eudy Simelane). Eudy Simelane (RIP) was “one of South Africa’s best-known female footballers (soccer)” ( ~ Annie Kelly) who was raped & killed for being a lesbian in 2008 just outside of Johannesburg

    Here is the poem:

    “My Love (for Eudy Simelane)”

    To some people
    My love is somewhat alien;
    When he comes up, they start subject-changing, and
    In some states he’s seen as some contagion –
    In those zones, he stays subterranean;
    Some love my love; they run parades for him:
    Liberal citizens lead the way for him:
    Concurrent with some countries embracing him,
    Whole faiths and nations seem ashamed of him:
    Some tried banning him,
    God-damning him,
    Toe-tagging him,
    Prayed that he stayed in the cabinet,
    But my love kicked in the panelling, ran for it –
    My love! Can’t be trapping him in labyrinths! –
    Maverick, my love is; thwarts challenges;
    Cleverest geneticists can’t fathom him,
    Priests can’t defeat him with venomous rhetoric;
    They’d better quit; my love’s too competitive:
    Still here, despite the Taliban, Vatican,
    And rap, ragga in their anger and arrogance,
    Calling on my love with lit matches and paraffin –
    Despite the fistfights and midnight batterings –
    Despite the dislike by Anglican Africans
    And sly comparisons with those mishandling
    Small kids, and his morbid inner chattering
    My love’s still here and fiercely battling,
    Parenting, marrying, somehow managing;
    My love comes through anything

    And here is a video featuring the poem directed by Jae Hwang, a animator based out of London & originally from South Korea


    "The King's Will – Love, Against Homophobia ("As The Power Fails", #8 of 9)"

    • 31. Chris  |  April 21, 2011 at 7:38 pm

      What an awesome video!

    • 32. Musa Okwonga  |  May 2, 2011 at 1:29 am

      Dear Ronnie, thank you very, very much for posting this – that is so kind of you! We really appreciate you spreading the word!

      Very best wishes,

  • 33. Errin N Davenport  |  April 21, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    OT slightly- This was the first year I heard about the orange so we had them on our Seder plates. In reading about the history and meaning I love the idea. This is a practice that is going to stay a tradition with my friends and family. Thank you for mentioning this! Shalom and Happy Pesach!

  • 34. Rhie  |  April 24, 2011 at 12:13 am



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