State Sen. Ruben Diaz, Sr. On Cuomo and Marriage

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State Sen. Ruben Diaz, Sr. On Cuomo and Marriage Powered By Docstoc
					"I am deeply offended that during this Holy Week, which is a most sacred
time to millions of New Yorkers, Governor Andrew Cuomo is working hard
to mobilize elected officials to legalize homosexual marriage in New York.

We all know that Governor Andrew Cuomo's Budget, which was done in
haste to beat the clock, will cause tremendous suffering to countless New
Yorkers - especially Black and Hispanic communities. His cuts will hurt
students, senior citizens, the sick, the poor and the needy.

Now Governor Cuomo is targeting communities of faith in an effort to
redefine marriage. The most basic tenets of New York's largest faith
communities include defining marriage as between one man and one
woman. These religions that cherish these values include Catholic,
Christian, Jewish and Muslim.

I must ask, if Governor Cuomo 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

I implore my colleagues in New York's government and my fellow religious
leaders in New York State to oppose Governor Cuomo's blatant and
shameful attack on New York's people of faith. I encourage all New
Yorkers of faith to raise your voices in prayer and in action to prevent
Governor Cuomo from redefining marriage."