THE BRONX - President Barack Obama is being commended by LGBT communities throughout the city after affirming his support for same-sex marriage.

Bronx resident Rev. Carmen Hernandez, of the New York City LGBT Chamber of Commerce, said the president's message was "awesome" and a giant step for not only the gay community as a whole, but especially for lesbian and minority women in the borough.

State Sen. Ruben Diaz told News 12 The Bronx Wednesday that he loves the gay community, but doesn't support their right to marry. Hernandez responded, calling the senator a hypocrite.

Hernandez also said that the fight for equality isn't over and that more empowerment and education is needed. Bronx LGBT community backs ObamaObama voices his support for gay marriage