Corey Johnson and Ruben Diaz Sr

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Diaz Jr. Urges Father Diaz Sr. To Apologize After Johnson Calls Out Comments

February 09, 2019 - 11:52 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) -- A Bronx council member is facing a backlash and calls for him to apologize -- even from his own son, the Bronx borough president -- after he said the City Council is "controlled by the homosexual community.''

A spokesman for Council 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. 

Diaz Jr. took to Twitter on Saturday to urge his father to apologize, writing, "NYC is a place where we celebrate our diversity and inclusivity."

Earlier Saturday, Diaz Sr. resisted calls to apologize, writing: "What’s homophobic about saying that the gay community controls the nyc city council ? I’m giving them credit for the power and influence they have."