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New York City: F**K Ruben Diaz: An Addendum

This post was submitted by Troy Chatterton


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Submission by Andrew S., TNG contributor

So now that the ‘Fuck Ruben Diaz’ writing contest has gotten the attention of the senator himself, a few  things should be made perfectly clear. The organizers of this contest condemn, unequivocally, the death threats that have been made against Senator Diaz. Furthermore, it should be said that we do not bear any animus whatsoever toward people of faith, whether they are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist or, um, Wiccan. Some of us, in fact, are people of faith ourselves. But Diaz, in a press release responding to this contest, has very predictably framed it as part of an ongoing assault by ‘seething extremists’ bent on impinging the religious freedom of those who oppose same-sex marriage.

 

To repeat an argument that has been made ad infinitum in the media and in statehouses and courthouses across the country, what the GLBT community is asking for is civil marriage, not its religious counterpart. We do not propose to march on Senator Diaz’s congregation and demand that, in his capacity as minister, he sanctify our unions. We simply ask that the state of New York, to which we contribute equally as tax-payers and citizens, provide our families with the same legal protections that are granted to heterosexual couples. It is a simple argument and a powerful one and, as evidenced by several polls showing that support for marriage equality is now the majority position not only in liberal New York, but nationally, it is winning.

However, I will concede Senator Diaz’s point that the contest is ‘vulgar’. When one is confronted with a politician whose most salient contribution to civic discourse is the fomenting, both directly and indirectly, of an atmosphere of intolerance one cannot always take the high road. Occasionally, taking the low road is just the ticket. Sometimes, you just have to say, ‘fuck it’, you have to take a break from trying to reason with people like Tony Perkins and Brian Brown and, yes, Ruben Diaz. So why not have a laugh at their expense? That’s ultimately what the ‘Fuck Ruben Diaz’ writing contest is all about. It’s not political in any meaningful sense of the word, it’s not about winning hearts and minds – it’s about taking a break from all that shit.

 

So even though the contest is called ‘Fuck Ruben Diaz’, I think I speak for everyone at The New Gay New York, when I say that we don’t despise Ruben Diaz, just what he stands for. As Senator Diaz is fond of saying: love the sinner, hate the sin.

 

Original Post Announcing Writing Contest – READ HERE


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