In a heart wrenching essay in Sunday’s New York Post, the lesbian granddaughter of New York state Sen. Ruben Diaz — the state’s most vocal opponent of same-sex marriage — gives a first-person account of how the debate over marriage equality has caused a rift in her family.
Erica Diaz now says “this fight is personal,” and that she has “finally conjured the courage to stand up for what is right.”
This time it was not his words that hurt me. It was his silence.
My grandfather, state Sen. Rev. Ruben Diaz, spoke about marriage equality on a Spanish radio station in April. He was joined on the airwaves by a priest who said, “Gay people are worthy of death.”
Papa didn’t say anything. I was shattered.
I am the gay granddaughter of Albany’s most outspoken marriage-equality opponent. Until now, out of love, I closeted my feelings about my family’s patriarch, who has so vehemently denounced gay rights.
Diaz, 22 writes that she attended an anti-gay marriage rally her grandfather organized at the Bronx County Courthouse last month, so “he could face a person he loved, a person who was gay, as he spoke against us.”
But, she says, “You cannot tell someone that you love them and stay silent when people call for their death. ‘Love’ is empty when you say someone’s life isn’t natural.”
Read the entire essay at the New York Post.