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NY state senator ‘deeply offended’ by Governor’s pro-gay marriage efforts

Thursday, April 21, 2011

New York State Sen. — and Pentecostal minister — Ruben Diaz, Sr. (D-Bronx), is “deeply offended” by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s efforts to legalize same-sex marriage.

Ruben Diaz Sr.

Gay-rights advocates in New York state announced Wednesday the formation of a new coalition to revive efforts toward legalizing same-sex marriage in the Empire state, and Cuomo, in keeping with campaign promises, said getting gay-marriage legislation passed this session is a priority.

In a statement Wednesday, Diaz said:

“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.”

“Now Governor Cuomo is targeting communities of faith in an effort to redefine marriage. [...] I encourage all New Yorkers of faith to raise your voices in prayer and in action to prevent Governor Cuomo from redefining marriage.”

With Cuomo’s help, the coalition hopes to avoid a repeat of 2009, when the marriage equality bill failed by eight votes in the state Senate.

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33 more reader comments:

  1. This fool here… How the hell can you be offended by that?! Get a dictionary.

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 3:27pm
  2. He needs to go kiss a snake

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 3:27pm
  3. NY “deeply offended by State Senator’s douchiness”

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 3:28pm
  4. NY “deeply offended by State Senator’s douchiness”

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 3:28pm
  5. What a douchebag :P

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 3:28pm
  6. this dip, should think about sepration of church and state…or quit being a politicain

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 3:30pm
  7. Another HATER! moron, like his religion or religious views have anything to do with everyone else in the state of NY or this country… let someone discriminate against him and the race card will be out sooooo fast! This man needs to be called out for his HATE, BIGOTRY and DISCRIMINATION! period! He DEEPLY OFFENDS ME!

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 3:30pm
  8. Let him be offended. I don’t care.

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 3:31pm
  9. Let him be offended. I don’t care.

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 3:31pm
  10. Deeply offended?? Wow…has he ever been the victim of a hate crime? Has he ever been called a faggot? And the list goes on…give me a break! What a fucking loser!

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 3:33pm
  11. He’s black. Hypocrite

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 3:33pm
  12. He’s black. Hypocrite

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 3:33pm
  13. Maybe Diaz should resign in protest. ;)

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 3:35pm
  14. He’s a black guy , how woul he feel if we still wanted slavery and took his rights away :/ jerk

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 3:35pm
  15. He’s a black guy , how woul he feel if we still wanted slavery and took his rights away :/ jerk

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 3:35pm
  16. Booohooo hooo! Cry me a river.

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 3:36pm
  17. You poor sap, GET OVER IT!

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 3:37pm
  18. And many New Yorkers are “Deeply Offended” by your attempts to push your religious bigotry onto New York. While many faiths support marriage equality and feel New York State will be a better place with it. Many New Yorkers are deeply offended by your blatant attempts to play the Victum, yet being the aggressor in limiting others rights. New York says enough is enough to bigotry and religious bullying on secular issues.

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 3:37pm
  19. Yeah? Well, I’m pretty offended by the fact that his bigot-assed church doesn’t have to pay taxes llike the rest of us. Want a say? PAY TAXES!

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 3:42pm
  20. Yeah? Well, I’m pretty offended by the fact that his bigot-assed church doesn’t have to pay taxes llike the rest of us. Want a say? PAY TAXES!

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 3:42pm
  21. : then let him be deeply offended. he won’t have to preside over any same sex marriages and can STFU.

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 3:42pm
  22. : then let him be deeply offended. he won’t have to preside over any same sex marriages and can STFU.

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 3:42pm
  23. Last time I checked, marriage was a legal term, not a religious one… or was that thing I read about separating church and state just a rumor?

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 3:50pm
  24. Ok for republicans, is in their docrtine not to respect values and choices except theirs, but also a democrat now…?

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 3:52pm
  25. I don’t care if hes offended. He should grow up and catch up too this melting pot of a country we have. Go governor Andrew!

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 4:13pm
  26. I don’t care if hes offended. He should grow up and catch up too this melting pot of a country we have. Go governor Andrew!

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 4:13pm
  27. Discrimation is statement of ignorance. Jesus loved the poor, hungry and DID NOT DISCRIMATE. If this guy is a leader instead of uneducated moron hiding behind the bible, then obivously he likes to stick labels on people he has never seen. Remember what Dr. King said, Judge one not by the color of his skin, but by his or her charactor. Loving people don’t spread garbage. If this guy was suffering a heart attack, asking for help, and two guys were walking by him. One could say to the other, isn’t that the preacher that hates ordinary people, let’s pretend we’re gay and walk right past him!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 8:04pm
  28. Because of the unsafe s-e-x,I have herpes and I feel Iam alone in the world. But it’s said 1 in 4 have herpes, so i joined HerpesFInder to find my love. Is there any one same with me?

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 9:25pm
  29. I just gay white people would stop bringing up their racism as justification for his homophobia. And I really wish gay white culture after two solid years of silence on this phenomenon would get some fucking balls and say “that’s not okay.”

    It’s offensive to African American LGBT and SGL folks.

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 9:50pm
  30. I am not surprised at all…The man spoke in 09 and it was hardly understandable–I think he did it on purpose so people could get aggravated with his speech and tune him out. I was just amazed that he even got elected the first time! Goodness!

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 10:09pm
  31. All people want is to be able to marry who they want. I really don’t see the big issue here. There shouldn’t even be an issue.

    Posted on Friday, April 22, 2011 at 12:22am
  32. The institution of marriage which serves to validate the union of two people of opposite gender and provide balance in the biological orientation of children is sacred. The proponents of same gender marriage are simply sexually wayward, confused, perverter and genetically imbalanced. The fear and sadly personal disorientation they must feel and live with is overwhelming. The American media and cinematography continue to push the boundaries of this abhorrent behavior,to make the idea mainstream, i say marry who and what you want but do it away from the institutions created to preserve human dignity.

    Posted on Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 5:07pm
  33. Derrick:

    I am vehemently against discrimination in any form whether race, orientation, gender etc. The reason however, people choose to use that card is simply from the the “There is no substitute for experience” logic. His community did not have equal marital rights not too long ago, now he spends his time, energy and money fighting to strip and keep those rights away from another community – indeed hypocritical and absolutely open to attack – and understandably.

    Posted on Monday, May 16, 2011 at 1:16pm