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.
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.