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09/01/2011

'Courage' Campaign: Garlow honors Diaz for so bravely condemning an oppressed minority

by Jeremy Hooper

The man commonly called the "Prop 8 Pastor," Jim Garlow, is planning to honor New York's most famously anti-equality (Democratic) state Senator, Ruben Diaz, with an eponymous award:

Garlow Announces First Annual "Ruben Diaz Courage Award" [Right Wing Watch]

So let's see: Sen. Diaz worked to preserve a heterosexist status quo, based on his belief in a faith system that dominates American religion, using the platform provided to him by virtue of his cushy state gig. And Ruben-Diaz-Brian-Brown*that* is supposedly courage? Hmm. Tell that to the broke twenty-four-year-old lesbian in Buffalo who stood up and spoke out at great personal cost, all so she could protect her sick partner. Or to the brave nineteen-year-old gay boy who was forced out of his home simply because he dared to live his truth. Or to the nonagenarian same-sex couple who came out and came together at a time when the fight was much less concerned with "I do" and much more focused on basic survival. Or to the lesbian granddaughter who demanded to be heard, even as her grandfather, step-grandmother, and their friends stood on a well-appointed stage and condemned her life and love.

The truth: A heterosexual, Christian state senator's choice to "protect marriage" is not an act of courage. And just like a certain man behind a curtain learned in regards to a certain cowardly lion: No one gets to be a courage-proffering wizard simply because he or she wants to be. The honor is earned by deed, not mere desire.

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