Yesterday, we reported that New York state Senator Ruben Diaz, one of the few democrats there staunchly against marriage equality, was bringing 30 busloads full of people to the NOM hate march. Today, his son spoke out for marriage equality. Think Progress reports:
On Wednesday, the junior Diaz released a long and personal statement announcing his support for same-sex marriage, which has been the national focus this week as the Supreme Court debates the constitutionality of both the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8:
“My decision, which comes after years of thought and reflection on the issue, is informed by the experiences I have had with close friends, family and loved ones. “For example, my chief-of-staff, Paul Del Duca, has for decades worked to help the people of this City. He has helped people find housing and jobs, he has dedicated his professional life to assisting those in need. Why, then, should he and his partner Damion–whose wedding I stood witness to–be denied the same rights of any other loving and committed couple? Moreover, why should my niece, Erica Diaz, be denied the ability to get married when her time comes?”
It’s the young who are making the biggest difference in this fight. Thank you so much, Ruben Diaz Jr., for speaking out!