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NY City Council speaker wants apology for homophobic remarks

NY City Council speaker wants apology for homophobic remarks

February 10th, 2019 in National News

FILE- In this June 24, 2011 file photo, Sen. Ruben Diaz, Sr. , D-Soundview, speaks during a session of the New York state Senate at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y. Diaz, who is currently a New York City Council member, said on a Spanish language radio program that the homosexual community controls most of the 51 council members. Diaz's comment prompted the openly gay Speaker of the city council to demand that the Bronx Democrat apologize to his colleagues and the LGBTQ community. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Council speaker is demanding an apology from a council member who said the legislative body is “controlled by the homosexual community.”

A spokesman for Speaker Corey Johnson issued a statement Friday saying comments by Ruben Diaz Sr. “have no place in New York City” and the Bronx Democrat should apologize to his colleagues and the LGBTQ community.

In a Spanish-language radio program, Diaz, who is a Pentecostal minister, said the homosexual community controls most of the 51 council members. The 75-year-old, Puerto Rican-born politician, who opposes same-sex marriage, called Johnson a “homosexual married to another man.” The speaker is openly gay and single.

Diaz is the father of Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.

Johnson and Diaz Sr. did not immediately respond to messages Saturday.

The councilman did later acknowledge on Twitter he “misspoke” by referring to Johnson as being married. “He still single,” Diaz wrote.

He also tweeted a question on Saturday: “What’s homophobic about saying that the gay community controls the nyc city council? (sic) I’m giving them credit for the power and influence they have.”