Bronx Gay Rights Group Moves into Building of Gay Marriage Foe

Bronx Pride's new headquarters is in building named after Sen. Ruben Diaz

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    Sen. Ruben Diaz, D- Bronx, right, talks with a reporter from the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization about the same-sex marriage bill in June.

    The Bronx's largest gay-rights group is opening its new headquarters Monday inside the very building funded by, and named after, the state's most vocal same-sex marriage opponent.

    Bronx Pride is preparing to open in the Rev. Ruben Diaz Gardens, a 111-unit building on Kelly Street and Westchester Avenue opened two years ago, reports the New York Post. The building is funded by the city Housing and Development Corp., and backed by Diaz's nonprofit.

    Bronx Pride Executive Director Dirk McCall told the Post, "It [just] happens to be entertaining that the building's named after someone who opposes marriage for us."

     

    Diaz, 68, who is also an ordained minister, fought to prevent same-sex marriage from passing in Albany this year.

    But he said in a statement Monday, "I am honored that Bronx Pride is coming to the Rev Ruben Diaz Gardens... When everyone abandoned the Bronx, I worked hard to bring jobs, housing and programs that benefit our community.

    "I am glad that Bronx Pride is taking advantage of these opportunities and I will continue to invite everyone to come to the Bronx because the Bronx is open for business," he said.