Tuesday, June 23, 2009

New York Marriage Equality Bill No. 1 Agenda Item for Deadlocked Senate Tomorrow, June 24

Gov. Paterson has mandated for the state's deadlocked Senate another special session for tomorrow, June 24, and this time he's made the state's marriage equality bill agenda item number one.

Extreme homophobe and evangelical pastor, ridiculous Sen. Ruben Diaz of the Bronx, is already going crazy over the prospect, having been a very outspoken opponent to anything LGBT and has been rumored to have brokered deals with the old leadership of the senate to keep the marriage equality bill from getting to the floor for a vote.

Elizabeth Benjamin of the Daily News reports:
I asked Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr., who has pledged a rebellion if gay marriage comes to the floor of the Senate, what he will do tomorrow if this comes to pass. He said he will do "something," and assured me it will be "big."

"Tomorrow we will have a good time," Diaz Sr. told the DN's Glenn Blain. "Maybe I'm not upset. Maybe I solve the whole the problem tomorrow. Maybe tomorrow we come to an agreement and decide who's really in control."

Asked if that means he might switch sides and join the Republicans, the Bronx senator balked.

"Maybe tomorrow...Maybe. I don't know. I'm not saying anything...Who is asking me that? I don't know. Who knows what’s going to happen tomorrow. Tomorrow is always uncertain. Tomorrow may never come."
Diaz's story gets weirder. It's coming to light that the vitriolic anti-gay senator has two gay brothers. I'm not even going to touch on the deep, underlying psychological motivations for his actions, but it sure sounds textbook.

So the drama of the problematic and puerile Senate continues, and this time, our rights may be used as a pawn in its power struggle. Hopefully, the outcome will be in our favor, but with the Senate deadlocked 31 to 31, and with Diaz running rampant spewing homophobic rhetoric, who knows what will happen.

Stay tuned.

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