On the heels of New York Democrat State Senator Ruben Diaz’s anti-gay equality march set for the same day as the Manhattan AIDS Walk, El Diario New York City’s largest Hispanic and Latino newspaper has published an editorial supporting gay marriage. It even alludes to Diaz as one who “should remember that they were elected to serve the public (independent of its sexual orientation) under American laws, which were established with a clear distinction between church and state.”
Will that stop his gay hating ways? Don’t count on it. It may however sway some Latino counter-protestors and journalists to shed some badly needed sunlight of Diaz’s continued campaign of bigotry. Let’s see what El Diario had to say:
New York needs and is ready for this change. Our gay population is bigger than the seven nearby jurisdictions (six states plus the District of Columbia) that have legalized same-sex marriage. And close to 60 percent of New Yorkers support gay marriage.
Governor Cuomo’s campaign merits all the the support of the Latino community, including those who are opposed for religious reasons. Officials in this position should remember that they were elected to serve the public (independent of its sexual orientation) under American laws, which were established with a clear distinction between church and state. Latinos should also remember our collective fight is against discrimination and marginalization.
Homosexuality is a human reality. The majority of New Yorkers have a friend, colleague or relative who’s gay. It’s time to give these people the opportunity to develop families and build communities. Our government shouldn’t be in the business of telling the people who to love or who to marry.
Of course DOMA loving ex-prezzy Bill Clinton just came out for New York’s Marriage Equality bill. So has Governor Andrew Cuomo and 727 priests, rabbis, and ministers do to. Seeing as the 2009 bill to legalize same sex marriage failed on the Senate floor in December 2009 by a vote of 38 to 24, will this outpouring of public support be enough to tip the Senatorial scales in favor of equality?