Statement From NYS Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz Regarding Governor Paterson’s Decision To Recognize Out Of State Same Sex Marriages

Ruben Diaz

May 30, 2008

As a New York State Senator representing the 32nd Senatorial District in Bronx County, President of the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization and Pastor of the Christian Community Neighborhood Church, I am very disappointed with Governor Paterson’s decision to recognize same sex marriages from other states.

I believe that Governor Paterson has joined many judges from throughout the nation that have taken the position to legislate against the will of the people. New York State legislators have not approved homosexual marriages and I believe that it will never happen as long as the Republican Party controls the majority in the New York State Senate. Furthermore, even if we Democrats get to the majority next year, I will not vote for it based on my religion and beliefs.