I woke up sick this morning. Although I’m not happy to be sick, one good (and incredibly frustrating) thing that came out of it was that I got to listen to the beginning of Brian Lehrer’s show on WNYC, one of our public radio stations. I got to listen to New York State Senator Ruben Diaz try to make his case for why gay marriage shouldn’t be legal. Yeah. Try to make his case. If you click on the link to Brian’s show and click on “listen to the whole show,” Diaz’s interview is the first segment. You only have to listen for a minute or two to hear how troubling he is. It’s really unbelievable. To hear how tongue-tied he gets when Brian very casually points out again and again the holes in his arguments is fascinating … and maddening. This is one of the loudest voices we hear in opposition to gay marriage in New York. And this is how incoherent he is? This is how unable he is to articulate his own position? This is how little substance he has behind his arguments?
If you listen a little longer and get past his gay marriage craziness, you’ll get to hear Brian take him to task on his statement that abortion is the American equivalent to the Holocaust and how comparing abortion doctors to Hitler could fuel violence such as the murder of Dr. Tiller.
How has this man been elected again and again? How can anyone listen to the things he says and decide to vote for him? On any issue?
Happily, the Diaz interview is followed up by an interview with Senator Liz Krueger … and she is so wholly sane and calm and level. And I don’t just say that because she supports the same side of this issue that I do. I say it because she actually has something to say that makes sense, she has reasoned responses to Brian’s questions, whereas Diaz seems to think that the law should be decided based on the intensity of his feelings on the issue, not based on what’s legal or what’s right.
(Of course, in light of the crazy upheaval in the Senate today, who knows what’s going to become of our marriage equality bill.)