The Lone Democrat

Late last night the New York legislator passed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. Shortly after the Senate passed the bill, Gov. Cuomo signed it into law. New York becomes the largest state to legalize marriage in the US.

The vote in the Senate was split down party lines (33 to 29) with four Republicans joining the Democrat minority to pass the bill. There was one lone Democrat voted against the legislation, Rubén Díaz Sr. of the Bronx.

The only lawmaker to speak against the bill during the vote, Mr. Díaz complained about the the two-minute restrictions set on speeches. He repeatedly interrupted the presiding officer who tried to limit the senator’s remarks, shouting, “You don’t want to hear me.”

“God, not Albany, has settled the definition of marriage, a long time ago,” Mr. Díaz said.

Source: New York Times

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  • Ecopsych9

    I am not sure what your stance is on this. I am new to the site and am enjoying it so far but worry about “evangelical fundamentalism”; Ruben Diaz seems to be introducing such a fundamental point of view in his remarks. Your quote, however, leaves me totally in the dark as to your opinion about this. Can you come out of the closet on this please?
    Tony (Galway, Ireland)

  • Ecopsych9

    I am not sure what your stance is on this. I am new to the site and am enjoying it so far but worry about “evangelical fundamentalism”; Ruben Diaz seems to be introducing such a fundamental point of view in his remarks. Your quote, however, leaves me totally in the dark as to your opinion about this. Can you come out of the closet on this please?
    Tony (Galway, Ireland)

  • Joshua Wooden

    The lone Democrat indeed. I would be less surprised (but still a little surprised) if it was a Republican.

    On the one hand, it takes a lot of courage to speak out on an issue like this. However, I’m not sure I agree with the traditional Evangelical position on gay marriage.

    If we outlaw gay marriage on the basis that it is immoral and detrimental to traditional, nuclear families, then shouldn’t we outlaw divorce on the exact same grounds? Pornography? Strip clubs? Pre-marital sex? The Bible condemns all of these things, and all, I think, are detrimental on some level. However, if we don’t outlaw any of these things, then what makes gay marriage different?

  • Joshua Wooden

    The lone Democrat indeed. I would be less surprised (but still a little surprised) if it was a Republican.

    On the one hand, it takes a lot of courage to speak out on an issue like this. However, I’m not sure I agree with the traditional Evangelical position on gay marriage.

    If we outlaw gay marriage on the basis that it is immoral and detrimental to traditional, nuclear families, then shouldn’t we outlaw divorce on the exact same grounds? Pornography? Strip clubs? Pre-marital sex? The Bible condemns all of these things, and all, I think, are detrimental on some level. However, if we don’t outlaw any of these things, then what makes gay marriage different?


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