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06/06/2011

Our opposition's right: A Diaz's life *is* being harshly targeted and it needs to stop!

by Jeremy Hooper

If he read the New York Daily News over the weekend, then NY Sen. Rev. Ruben Diaz, Sr (D-Bronx) was faced with one marriage equality activist that he cannot escape: His own lesbian granddaughter, Erica. In a weekend Op-Ed for the aforementioned paper, Erica both told her heartfelt story and made us aware of yet another Diaz media eye-opener that we had missed:

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.

Read more: Grandpa's gay of reckoning [NYDN]

A preacher preaching that gays are worthy of death without any repudiation from the senator or his pals? Hmm, where have we heard that before? Oh yea, that's right -- at the senator's very own Bronx rally! The same National Organization For Marriage-cosponsored rally where the senator's wife (Erica's grandmother) said gays are "enslaved and enchained by homosexuality' and an "abomination."

NOM-Ruben-DiazAnd then of course we can couple this kind of behavior with the interviews where the good reverend himself said gays go against nature, or any of the other condemnations that he has so proudly dished, both in word (e.g. calling homosexuality "a lifestyle choice" which trivializes other civil rights fights) and action (e.g. hosting a boycott of the state's largest circulation Spanish-speaking newspaper because it's too pro-LGBT for his liking). Yet despite all of this, groups like the National Organization For Marriage and the NYS Catholic Conference will continue to tell us that it's Diaz who is the victim here. Diaz that needs defense.

Well these groups are in fact right: A Diaz has been crudely, undeniably targeted because of this fight. But don't worry: She will ultimately triumph over the harshness. We all will.

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