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Diaz Slams Cuomo for Marriage Campaign

Diaz Slams Cuomo for Marriage Campaign


Gay marriage foe Ruben Diaz Sr., a New York state senator, said Tuesday that he was "deeply offended" that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is promoting a campaign to legalize marriage equality in the Empire State during Holy Week.

Diaz, a Democrat representing part of the Bronx, said in a statement that Cuomo was "targeting communities of faith in an effort to redefine marriage." He also called out the governor for using his staff members to drum up support among lawmakers and spending a reported $1 million on a media blitz.

"I must ask, if Governor Quomo is ethically allowed to use public resources during these serious financial times to raise funds (by having his staff raise money) and to use his staff (who are paid for with tax dollars) and his office (for weekly meetings) to promote a radical agenda, then shouldn't we all be able to use our offices and staffs to raise resources for issues that matter to us?" he wrote.

Diaz went on to condemn Cuomo, asking for religious New Yorkers to raise their voices "in prayer and action to prevent Governor Cuomo from redefining marriage."

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