Ruben Diaz, Sr.–the outspoken state senator from the Bronx who opposed the expansion of the Harvey Milk School, opposed the Gay Games as potentially spreading H.I.V., and continually, vehemently opposes any same-sex marriage bill in Albany–employs a chief counsel, Christopher R. Lynn, who is openly gay. And they double date, says The Times in a short profile.
Mr. Díaz describes Mr. Lynn as “my brother.” They often double-date with their respective better halves. Mr. Lynn has not been able to move Mr. Díaz on the issue of marriage.
“He said to me, ‘For me to accept this, I have to turn my whole value system upside down,’ ” Mr. Lynn said.
Mr. Diaz explained it to The Times like this:
“My religion doesn’t allow me to dance,” he said. “But that does not mean I don’t go to the party. My religion doesn’t allow me to drink. But that doesn’t mean I can’t hang around with my friends. My religion is against gay marriage. It means, I don’t agree with what you do. But let’s go out. Let’s go to the movies. Let’s be friends.”
Mr. Diaz will have a few unhappy friends if he succeeds in derailing the same-sex marriage bill that supporters are trying to bring to the floor during the State Senate’s impending special session.