07/28/10-by Bridgette P. LaVictoire
New York State Senator Ruben Diaz has signaled that he is not afraid of the LGBT Community in the form of Fight Back NY. FBNY is targeting legislators who voted against legalizing same-sex marriage this year, and they have started a campaign today ahead of the primaries asking “What’s in Ruben’s Closet?” Other than a theocrat, it is hard to tell what the man who signs his name Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz is hiding.
The release from Fight Back NY begins with “Sen. Ruben Diaz has spent the last few years showing that he will stop at nothing to attack and insult LGBT New Yorker. When we asked you to vote on which senator you wanted to send packin’, Diaz topped the lsit. We heard you. Now fight Back New York is gearing up to build the case against New York’s most notoriously anti-gay state senator.” The group plans on hiring experts in political research to dig up dirt on Diaz.
The primary is set for September, and Diaz has the support of the Democratic Party, but it may not be enough since Diaz has not been a reliable player. This is also happening in a year when New Yorkers may be more than willing to embrace having a change of government, but not party. New York has been mired rather heavily in controversy and gridlock in the last two years due to a razor thin Democratic majority in the state senate.
Diaz has stated about the PAC’s involvement in the race:
The people of my district are very smart people they aren’t going to change senators from one who brings them housing and resources for a person who is just going to bring them gay marriage. It’s stupid- what they doing is making me stronger and I love it. They make me stronger, they should keep doing it.”
In a press release Diaz called on supporters to bring back three of his anti-LGBT fellow senators back:
“These election results will be vital to us as Christians and God-fearing people to keep our family, moral and traditional values that our ancestors left us and that the Bible teaches us.
Senators Shirley Huntley, Frank Padavan and Hiram Monserrate were instrumental in joining me to defeat the gay marriage bill in the New York State Senate. Today the State of New York does not have legalized gay marriage and we have to praise God and thank Senators Shirley Huntley, Frank Padavan and Hiram Monserrate.
They all risked their chances of being elected in order to take this stand.
We in the Christian community – and all God-fearing people – owe them our support, our respect and our help
The homosexual community has targeted the three of them and put candidates – funded with money from the homosexual community – so their candidate can vote for gay marriage next year.
Therefore, I am counting on all of you to not only pray for Senators Shirley Huntley, Frank Padavan and Hiram Monserrate, but to also offer them all of the support and help that you can give during their re-election efforts or elections to another position.
As a State Senator, a Pastor, and a Christian, I need Senators Shirley Huntley, Frank Padavan and Hiram Monserrate back in the New York State legislature for next year when the gay marriage issue will take top priority in New York State. We do not have the luxury of losing these three legislators who have fought so hard for our family, moral and traditional values in the State legislature.”
C.D. Kirven, co-founder of Get Equal Now, was kind enough to forward the Diaz press release to us, and added “I’m tired of religious politics at its worst! This is what our elected officials send out and is the kind of hate that destroys lives. I’m an adult that can tune out this hurtful rhetoric but what about young teens or children of LGBT parents? Do our children or LGBT teens matter to you, Senator Diaz? This is not a part of your civic duty and hate solves nothing!”