One of New York State legislature's staunchest opponents of marriage equality took to the streets of the Bronx to march against its legalization. The rally was sponsored by the National Organization and led by Ruben Diaz Sr, the rabidly anti-gay New York state senator and Pentecostal minister.
The counter-protesters included member's of Diaz's own family. Erica Diaz, the 22-year-old openly lesbian granddaughter of the minister, publicly opposed her grandfather and called for legalization of same-sex marriage. Erica Diaz was discharged last year from the Navy under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
Erica Diaz briefly joined her grandfather on stage.
"What's gonna happen on the Senate floor?" said Diaz later, speaking of the renewed push for a marriage equality bill in Albany. "I don't know. I know last year we were instrumental in stopping it. We're fighting it."
Eight Democratic New York state senators helped defeat marriage equality by a 38-24 vote in December 2009. Of the New York Senate's ten black members, Diaz Sr. was also one of ONLY 2 who voted against the bill. In addition to his granddaughter, Diaz Sr. also has two gay brothers.