Ruben Diaz Sr and Corey Johnson

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Diaz Jr. urges father Diaz Sr. to apologize after Johnson calls out comments

February 09, 2019 - 11:30 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS/AP) – Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. says his father Council Member Ruben Diaz Sr. should apologize over comments he made that were called out as "homophobic" by Speaker Corey Johnson and others. 

Diaz made the controversial comments during an interview with a Spanish language radio show geared towards cab drivers.

He said when he got to the City Council he realized it is "controlled by the homosexual community."

Diaz, a Pentecostal minister who opposes same-sex marriage, reportedly added that Johnson is "a homosexual married to another man." 

Johnson is openly gay, but he is not married. And he's demanding an apology.

In a statement, Johnson’s spokesperson says the comments by Diaz are offensive.

“Council Member Diaz Sr.’s homophobic comments are offensive to both the Speaker and the body, and have no place in New York City,” spokesperson Jennifer Fermino wrote. “He should apologize to all of his colleagues, and the entire LGBTQ community.”

On Twitter Saturday, Diaz Sr. wrote: "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."

Diaz’s son, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., responded to the controversy too. 

On Twitter Saturday, Diaz Jr. wrote that his father should apologize and that "NYC is a place where we celebrate our diversity and inclusivity."