Ruben Diaz and gay marriage: This time, it’s personal

Erica Diaz, 22, center, told Metro she chose to join her grandfather, state Sen. Ruben Diaz, left, up on stage after she denounced his rally. “I just wanted him to know I’m here,” she said.

The fight over gay marriage turned deeply personal for one family yesterday afternoon in the Bronx, where thousands turned out for state Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr.’s Rally to Protect Marriage.

Some held “Adam + Eve = Family” signs. Others held placards that read “God’s marriage = 1 man and 1 woman.”

Also in the crowd was Erica Diaz, 22. She is the state senator’s lesbian granddaughter.

Erica Diaz told Metro she decided to speak out publicly for the first time after reading last week’s Metro depicting her grandfather as the state’s No. 1 obstacle to gay marriage. “I saw the paper and it hurt me,” she said.

Diaz posted the cover on Facebook, with the words, “Can you just imagine how I feel?” She and a few dozen others hoisted rainbow flags and umbrellas in counterprotest of her grandfather’s rally.

Grandfather and granddaughter met on the steps of the Bronx courthouse. Diaz put his arm around her. “This is my granddaughter,” he said. “I love her. She does what she wants, and I respect her decisions.”

Afterward, Erica spoke with Metro. “I’m happy,” she said. “I just wanted him to know I’m here.”

Diaz has also told the New York Times he has two gay brothers.

Let the voters decide?

At the rally, many supporters of Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. said they think the issue of gay marriage should be decided by New York voters, not politicians. A new bill to legalize same-sex marriage was introduced in the Assembly last week, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg will travel to Albany tomorrow to lobby politicians for its passage.

For more New York local news, follow Alison Bowen on Twitter


Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.


Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.


OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…


Jews in eastern Ukraine ordered to register, Kerry…

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities "or suffer the consequences."


Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."


'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…


Deron Williams leads Nets over Raptors in Game…

The Nets traveled to a raucous Air Canada Centre but came out with an important Game 1 victory over the Raptors.


Carmelo Anthony agonizing over Knicks future as season…

There’s still the cloud hanging over the franchise’s head as to the pending free-agent status of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.


Jets host players with eye toward NFL Draft

The Jets hosted a number of NFL Draft hopefuls for workouts on Thursday, with an eye toward some under-the-radar players.


Chris Johnson: I wanted to go to 'a…

Now that Chris Johnson is a Jet, the team has to figure out if one of the most explosive players in the NFL over the last half decade has anything…


VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.


#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.


Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.


Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.