Of the 38 New York state senators who voted against equality in yesterday's disappointing vote on marriage—the entire Republican caucus of 30 and eight spineless Democrats—only one was willing to go on the record explain their opposition: Democratic Bronx Pentecostal minister and rabidly gay obsessive Ruben Diaz Sr.
Diaz Sr begged Republicans to follow his example: "Members of the Republican Party: Remember your roots. Remember your values—remember you stand for traditional values, family values, moral values. Join me, a Democrat, join me, a Hispanic, join me a Puerto Rican, join me, a black, join me, a resident of the city of New York in saying no."
Deacon Keith Fournier, the leading anti-gay voice at Catholic Online, published a gushing op-ed that praised Diaz' anti-gay homily:
Senator Ruben Diaz is a “man with a chest”. He stands out in an age of men (and women) without chests. The reaction to the vote defending marriage against its opponents has been swift. Those in the radical fringes of the homosexual community who are behind the efforts to engage in a Cultural Revolution by using judicial and legislative maneuvers are angry. Senator Diaz is being pilloried in their activist blogosphere. He is being accused of being a “homophobe” (even though he has two brothers who are homosexuals) and, you guessed it, a “hatemonger”. What he really is is a man of conviction and courage who defended marriage, along with the family and the society founded upon it. ... Senator Ruben Diaz is what C.S. Lewis meant by a "man with a chest". He has courage and should be commended in an age of cowardice. We need many more men and women like him in elective office.
Of the Senate's ten black members, Diaz Sr. was also one of ONLY 2 who voted against marriage. Sounds to me like the other eight had a helluva lot more courage and conviction than Diaz.