Democratic official apologises for giving donations to anti-gay conservative


A senior Democratic official has apologised for a donation to an anti-LGBT politician who accused LGBT-accepting of spreading AIDS. Michael Blake, vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee, had come under scrutiny after a $1000 campaign donation to conservative New York State Senator Rubén Díaz Sr. who stood against LGBT in general and same-sex marriages in part, in spite of having a lesbian grandchild.Díaz Sr. was once forced to resign from a post after suggesting that the Gay Games sporting event would encourage homosexuality and as a consequence would lead to spreading AIDS. He also filed legal action in a bid to block the Harvey Milk High School, which caters for ostracised LGBT youth accusing it of discriminating straight people. Michael Blake, who was endorsed by a string of LGBT rights groups during his DNC Vice Chair campaign, said he did not agree with the state senator’s record.In a statement, the Democratic official and New York Assemblyman explained that he would ask for his money back after initially making a $1000 contribution to Díaz’s election fund. Despite his work in our overlapping districts and continued effort of uniting communities of colour, Senator Ruben Díaz Sr. has made comments and taken stances against the LGBTQ community that I do not support. My contribution to his campaign is in no way an endorsement of his views on the LGBTQ community and should not be viewed as such. I am sorry for any offence caused by the contribution. It is my sincere hope that my record identifies me as an ally of the LGBTQ community; from my policy positions, public and private comments and selection for my staff members and advisors,” he said in a statement.


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