Rev. Ruben Diaz, the anti-gay-marriage Democratic state senator, has released a statement denouncing Mayor Bloomberg for supporting marriage equality, and as always finds a fascinating way to make his point: Diaz links Bloomberg’s tolerance of gay couples with his treatment of disabled reporter Michael Harris, whose tape recorder started playing music during Governor Paterson’s gay marriage press conference and provoked the Mayor’s temper.
“It is a shame to see all those elected officials standing by Mayor Bloomberg’s side claiming ‘civil rights’ for homosexuals to marry,” rails Diaz, “and at the same time keeping quiet and allowing Mayor Bloomberg to publicly violate the civil rights of a wheel-chair bound reporter.”
“It is a shame see how all of them remained mute while the billionaire-master abuses and humiliates Michael Harris, a physically challenged and wheel-chair bound reporter from The Examiner who was trying to earn a living.” said Diaz. “I hate to believe that all of those elected officials believe that the primacy of the entitlement of homosexuals to marry supercedes the very basic rights of the wheel-chair bound and physically challenged not to be humiliated in public.”
On Thursday Diaz told a meeting of ministers that Paterson should allow Andrew Cuomo to take over at the Democrats’ gubernatorial nominee in 2010, which the Reverend expected would also increase the Democratic majority and make gay marriage inevitable. “By bringing more Democrats to the Senate, I will not be needed,” Diaz said cryptically. “The problem is over.”