Ruben Diaz Sr.: Gay Marriage Over My Dead Body

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UPDATE AFTER THE JUMP: Why Diaz's date for a protest presents a special problem for a potential counter-protest.

As the newly formed New Yorkers United to Marry sets their sights on the New York Senate, there's one vote they're definitely not going to swing.

It's no real surprise that Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. was "affronted" by Governor Cuomo's new push for gay marriage. Diaz has never been a fan of gay rights, despite having a gay chief of staff counsel, two gay brothers, and a Borough President son who is far less homophobic.

Joe My God reports this morning that Diaz Sr. plans to redouble his efforts. A JMG reader has translated a Spanish-language news story that says Diaz and Radio Vision Cristiana are "planning a huge anti-gay march in New York City on May 15, 2011. It will be held in the Bronx (starting at noon the participants will march from 149th Street and Third Avenue to 181st Street in the Bronx)." Joe's posted video of a similar rally in 2009 which drew about 20,000 people.

Diaz's antics are expected, but they're a reminder of the uphill battle marriage equality activists have ahead of them. Nate Silver's trend data showing opposition to gay marriage now being in the minority is encouraging in the long run, but there's a long way to go before that translates into legislative power. Pam's House Blend has a good run down of which state senators are the most likely swing votes in the coming campaign.

UPDATE: As word of Diaz's planned anti-gay marriage rally spread through the gay activist community, there were quickly calls to create a counter demonstration.

But it won't be so easy to round up many LGBT activists on May 15th: that's the date of the annual AIDS Walk.

Robert Moore answered the call to action that date with a sigh, writing on Facebook, "We can not let this take away from the New York AIDS Walk though. While yes it sucks and pisses me off also, lives are depending on the AIDS walk and the money it raises. This is exactly why he is having it on this day to get people to go to his even to protest him to hurt the AIDS Walk."

The Senator/Reverend may not be bright enough to know that there's a line between church and state, but you have to admit there's political genius in his date selection.

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CarrieOakie
CarrieOakie

Thank God for Rev. Diaz. I am sick and tired of gays trying to force everyone to accept their lifestyle like it or not. I have seen people lose their jobs over the vicious tactics of gays. A friend of mine was minding her own business when a gay man at her job came over to her and invited her to his gay wedding and she no thank you I'm not into that. All of a sudden he is running all over the office telling everyone that she is a homophobe and he went to HR and complained and he got her fired. What is this nazi germany now? No one can disagree? And as a Black woman I am offended in the extreme that they have the nerve to try and ride on the coat tails of civil rights. Sexual orientation has no business being in a "protected" category. Race, age and gender are absolutes. Sexual orientation is a variable that can change. And to those who use the argument that they were "born" that way then the same argument would hold true for a killer, a rapist, a thief. After all, they were "born" that way so should we allow it? And I hate the dishonesty of people like Ellen DeGeneres, who is trying to turn the whole world gay. Why doesn't she admit that she turned gay not because of desire or preference but because her step-father attempted to molest her so she turned against men. I'm sad for her that that happened but don't try and lie and make like you were "born" that way.

Pesto8134
Pesto8134

@f815d21b271588ab9395d385cf174c82:disqus  you are unbelievably uneducated on this issue. What your basically saying is that you chose to be straight at some point in your life and now suppress same sex feelings. If that's the case, more power to you. But don't go making comments on things that you have absolutely no idea about. Please continue to live in blissful ignorance. @5dbbd371a321f6e6644ba46a5eeac9dd:disqus there's no need to use racial slurs against her, every one can already tell what she is.

Seah
Seah

First of all, a polite "no thank you, I am unable to attend" would have spared the employee that you described from losing her job. Let's face it- comments like "I'm not into that" are hostile and offensive. Let's say for example that the employee who invited her to the wedding was a straight man about to marry a woman. Let's also say that the employee who declined the invitation just didn't agree with the wedding for whatever reason. "Sorry, but no thank you, I'm just not into that". Still offensive, when a simple "no thank you, I'm unable to attend" would have done well.

Second, you point out that you are a Black woman and as so it would seem that that you could appreciate that discrimination is wrong and reaches well beyond skin color. Many of the same arguments that are being used today to oppress gays were also used as a basis for historical Jim Crow laws. Are you aware that before Black slavery ended in America, that Blacks were not allowed to marry, not even marry other Blacks? And for no other reason than the color of their skin. And now some people are being denied this same fundamental right for no other reason than their gender. So while you may think that sexual orientation should not be a "protected" class, there is no denying that gender (like race) is an innate characteristic. If you really understand this, then you'd know that we cannot deny individuals their fundamental right to marry because we "disapprove of their behavior". Here's an example: In 1966, there were still 16 states in the U.S. that had bans against interracial marriage. This is because just like you, millions of people disapproved of the behavior "interracial sexuality", many disapproving on religious grounds. In 1967 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that an immutable characteristic like race could not preclude or deny couples the right to marry. Notice that the court could care less about the behavior "interracial sexuality". Fast forward to today. Gender is an immutable characteristic and the courts will rule that couples cannot be denied the fundamental right to marry just because you and others who share your view do not approve of the behavior of "sexual orientation". Come to recognize that history repeats itself.

Third, it's not Degeneres trying to make the whole world "turn gay", it's people like you who deny that some people are gay. Limiting marriage based on gender is the apitome of this denial and the catalyst of the down low lifestyle. It reminds me of the times when we were in denial that some people were left handed, not right handed. Lefties were ostracized, treated as inferior to righties and in many instances were forced to write and do many things with the right hand. Nowadays few deny that handedness is inborn trait, treat lefties as an inferior group or can imagine lefties being forced to write with the hand that they don't feel comfortable with. In fact, some of the most talented are lefties, who are are often feared as pitchers in the World Series. Likewise, it is simply not practical to deny two mutually unrelated consenting adults the right to engage in a marriage that feels more natural to them. And regardless of where one's religious beliefs fall, civil marriage is a secular institution sanctioned by our secular government. To deny someone a secular right based on the religious beliefs of others is purely unconstitutional.

Fourth, women and young girls are sexually abused all the time. Some of them turn out to be straight and some gay. Then there are some women and young women who are not sexually abused. Some of them turn out to be straight and some turn out to be gay. Assuming that you are straight, ask yourself this: Are you straight because men DIDN"T make you turn against them? This is because if your argument about Degeneres is true, then you are straight because women made you turn against them and the default would be men.

Unckeeper14
Unckeeper14

Hey there you piece of shit cunt Nigger. That's exactly what you are. Nigger=ignorant. People don't "turn" gay. They're BORN that way. I'm gay an I'm happier than you ever will be in your life. Who are you to judge who I have in MY bed?! What the fuck do you care if there are no lesbians hitting on you. You can't just "turn the whole world gay". It's because of people like YOU that innocent KIDS who are PROUD of who they are, become miserable from all the hate around them. You can have all the penis you want. Stay straight. Because that's how you were born. And please, die tomorrow of natural causes along with mr Diaz. I hope to see you, and all the haters at the march. Seriously, open your mind and get with the times. And don't go crying about civil rights, civrighters are NOT just based on what you say. And hey, you know more than half the gay population in the world are brOwn folk like you?

Die.

Seah
Seah

Unckeeper, using racial slurs is completely inappropriate and under no circumstances do you do your cause any good by demonstrating your own racial bigotry. I disagree with CarrieOakie for many reasons but niether she nor anyone deserves such contemptous disrespect. The next time you consider using racial slurs, think first about it disgraces the movement for equality.

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PositiveMate.com

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Wayne
Wayne

....as you wish, Mr Diaz.....I can arrange your final resting place in a local dump

Cod1594
Cod1594

No, Sir. I want you ALIVE to see the day we are equal and have full civil rights.

Stanley J
Stanley J

Will someone who is eg dying of cancer and doesnt have any relatives make his wish come true. Over his dead body.........................

hyhybt
hyhybt

No, no.... it's too easy to rally people around a martyr.

CornetMustich
CornetMustich

Great, get the coffin ready for this clown, and send him and it to Vatican City...

Onward, Joe Mustich, CT Justice of the Peace, USA

In case this clown hasn't heard, or maybe his English is so good, marriage is firstly a civil and contractual matter in America. Period.

Marriage cops need to retire, and just play some bingo in the middle of NY Harbor...

Akii
Akii

I was so much looking forward for the AIDS walk. But I personally believe that this year we need more efforts towards NY marriage equality. I am ready for the Counter protest !!!!!!!

Jake Goodman
Jake Goodman

Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. is a NY bigot organizing anti-lgbt rally in Bronx 5/15. Stay tuned! @queerrising will have something to say!

Stanley J
Stanley J

Just another George Reker and Ted Haggard. Maybe we could give him back to Raul as part of a deal to normalize relations. I'm sure they have their own guantanamo hole

Scott Rose
Scott Rose

Hopefully, Ruben Diaz will very shortly die of natural causes. When a politician "goes there" with civil rights issues, saying that only over his "dead body" will a discriminated minority enjoy legal equality, it is not evil to wish for that politician to have his heart's desire, namely, that the legal equality will only come after he is dead. The anti-gay bias he perpetuates leads many gay youth in his district to severe mental anguish and even to suicide. When the issue is "marriage" it becomes easy to forget the most vulnerable victims of anti-gay bigotry - minors. This ghastly planned anti-gay intimidation march through the Bronx is a nightmare, akin to when Nazis marched in Skokie, Illinois, where Holocaust survivors resided. Has anybody suggested that the marchers goose step? The purpose of both marches is to intensify the victims' psychological trauma over their previous victimization due to irrational bigotry.

X
X

Counterprotest needed. Take on the people who make the lives of gay kids and gay people miserable. Fight back.

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