Speaking of civility and the need for it, also from Sen. Diaz's office:
"I continue to be the target of a vulgar campaign by a seething extremists who oppose my defense of New York's marriage laws.
The latest attempt to publicly attack my integrity is a call for written entries 1000 – 2000 words at a "F*** Ruben Diaz Festival” set to be held on June 11th. An online group called The New Gay is advertises the event: TNG Writing Contest Alert - "F*** Ruben Diaz: Gay Erotica Featuring NYC’s Number One Bigot".
I urge Governor Andrew Cuomo along with my colleagues in the legislature, the media, and all New Yorkers to take a close look at the hard core and vulgar tactics that are being used to change a law in New York State. I urge all to compare my non-violent, peaceful and prayerful rallies to protect marriage and the attempts to humiliate me because of my one vote in the State Senate. Add to that the intolerant onslaught of hate-filled phone calls to my office. Add to that to the death threats and threats against my family that have been duly reported to the FBI and the police departments of New York and Albany.
As a Christian, of course I love those who hate me and I will continue to pray for their souls.
Even though for the most part these attacks remain unreported in the news, the public deserves to know about them. As such, I will continue to document them so my constituent and my colleagues remain aware."