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06/20/2011

Sen. Diaz seeks company under history's shady arc

by Jeremy Hooper

One of the most oddly crafted political statements we've ever seen:

Ruben-DiazMayor Bloomberg: Worse for Gay Marriage than Me

"New York City's Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been spending a lot of time and money in Albany to show how much he wants New York’s marriage laws redefined.

If we want to document the facts, one of the biggest impediments to same sex marriage rights in New York has been by Mayor Bloomberg.

In a Manhattan Court in 2005 Justice Doris Ling-Cohen ruled that gay marriage was legal in New York. At the time this ruling was celebrated as a victory for gay marriage rights advocates.

New York City's Mayor Michael Bloomberg decided that gay marriage was wrong for New York and ordered New York City's attorneys to appeal this decision. That appeal resulted in New York's highest court ruling that there is no right to marriage for same-sex couples under the New York State Constitution. That litigation has caused a lot of fighting and has cost a lot of money.

Now this year, because Mayor Bloomberg sees that Goveror Andrew Cuomo and other leaders are getting close to a victory on gay marriage legislation, he has been spending a lot of his money to make people forget what he did.

I believe that Mayor Bloomberg must be credited as having done a lot more than I have done to prevent gay marriage from being legal in New York."
[Sen. Ruben Diaz]

Hmm. So let's break down this bizarre pissing match:

Bloomberg: Did something shitty, justified it with suspect, ahistorical legal reasoning. But vowed support for marriage equality, even then. Even while throwing coin at candidates who didn't.

Diaz: Continues to do something shitty, justifying it with speakers (including his own wife) who say that "those who practice [homosexuality] are worthy to death", that "breaking traditional marriage" will bring 'judgement and wrath of God', that people who are "enslaved and enchained by homosexuality" are an "abomination", that "God is going to hold us accountable for the sin of the people like Sodom and Gomorrah," that Governor Cuomo is acting like Mussolini, and that Ricky Martin's homosexuality has opened the gates of hell. Vows to never support marriage equality, ever or anywhere. Has based his entire public presence around this one issue.

Peas in the pod on this issue? We'd say: More like one pea that's been known to give us a serious bout of indigestion vs. another pea that daily condemns his neighbor the grapefruit for being born too pink and fruity.

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