Thursday, April 16, 2009
New York Gov. David Paterson promised introduction of a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the state was greeted with cautious optimism by the state’s large and well-organized gay community. But not all New Yorkers were cheering Paterson’s move.
Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. has called for an emergency summit of the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization tomorrow to strategize on the “next steps to take” in response to Gov. David Paterson’s action on same-sex marriage.
In a brief telephone interview this morning, Diaz Sr., a Pentecostal minister who has long been vocal in his opposition to gay marriage, questioned Paterson’s timing and called it “ridiculous,” particularly given the fact that this is the week Archbishop Timothy Dolan is being installed in his new job.
“I think this is the wrong time to do it,” Diaz Sr. said. “(Paterson) is doing this as a welcoming ceremony for the new Catholic? It’s ridiculous.”
Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. is a vicious homophobe and religious nutcase from the South Bronx who actually once said, the Gay Games would lead to “an increase in AIDS and more homosexuality in young people.”
And you thought New York was uniformly progressive on social issues?