Eastern Loon Watch: the New York Edition

Thursday, April 16, 2009

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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?

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9 Responses to Eastern Loon Watch: the New York Edition

  1. Idaho Librul says:

    Have you noticed these homophobes always have tie to Christianity?

    Maybe what Sen. Ruben Diaz needs to do is make an emergency call to Salt Lake City and ask the Mormons to jet in and work their magic on Albany?

    The Mormons have a long, rich history in New York going back more than 150 years and leading up to today and their vast corporate real estate holdings in Manhattan.

  2. Idaho,

    Yep, I’ve noticed. Which is why I believe all churches should lose their tax exemptions.

    If they’re a political advocacy group, then their actions are in conflict with tax law.

  3. ybfree says:

    Here is the Senator’s e-mail address: diaz@senate.state.ny.us
    Diaz’s website: http://www.nyssenate32.com/32/Default.aspx

  4. toujoursdan says:

    Lots of Christians are pro-gay (UCC, Quakers, Episcopalians, ELCA Lutherans, etc).

    See: Pew Research Forum: Mainline Protestant attitudes on Homosexuality

    Catholics and pentecostals, on the other hand…

  5. Brigadoon says:

    So let me understand? Sen. Ruben Diaz says Gov. Paterson’s action is “ridiculous?” So, according to this douchebag, equality is ridiculous? Well, I think Diaz needs to STFU.

  6. taco says:

    And you thought New York was uniformly progressive on social issues?

    I knew this isn’t the case. Look at Sen. Kristy Gillibrand and her love affair with guns. She’s a nut.

  7. I live in New York. I’m not surprised. Appalled, but not surprised.

  8. Mauigirl says:

    Sounds like there would never be a right time to do it for Mr. Diaz.

    Good for Paterson. I just hope they can get enough votes for it to pass.

  9. libhomo says:

    The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment makes it unconstitutional for preachers to hold public office. It’s time for this constiitutional protection to be enforced.

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