Gov. Andrew Cuomo said yesterday that he was going to help raise support for gay-marriage legislation by taking the issue to the people of the state. Today, Sen. Ruben Diaz, D-Bronx, is challenging the governor to let the people of the state vote on whether to allow same-sex marriage. Diaz is an evangelical minister who opposes gay marriage.
“In every single state where the people have had the opportunity to decide if they want to change the definition of marriage from a man and a woman, they have all voted against it,” Diaz said in a statement. “The few states that have legalized homosexual marriage have done so because it has been imposed on them by the courts or by the legislature.”
While the Assembly has passed legislation to allow same-sex marriage, the Senate voted against the measure. A number of Democrats, including Diaz, voted no. There are 30 Democrats and 32 Republicans in the chamber, so it will not pass without GOP support.
“If Governor Cuomo really wants to listen to the people of the State of New York, he should listen on May 15th. On May 15, 2011, thousands and thousands of New Yorkers will gather in The Bronx to
send Governor Cuomo a message to keep New York State’s definition of marriage between a man and a woman,” Diaz said.