SAIPAN, CNMI - A Capital Hill couple who had their 2005 Sonata stolen from in front of their house on Wednesday have caught the attention of national media. Saipan resident Paul Zak and his wife Maryjoy offered a $500 reward for information leading to the return of their missing car with “no questions asked," but their attempt to get their vehicle back has resulted in some backlash from the gay community living on Saipan. The controversy has received coverage from FOX News, the National Enquirer and Grandma Little's Weekly Cookie Recipe Email Update.
The controversy began when Zak, an anti-gay marriage activist, referred to Maryjoy in an article in the local newspaper as his "wife." The gay community on Saipan reacted with outrage to his choice of words due to the fact that Maryjoy is a man. Paul and Maryjoy Zak are legally married on Saipan and live together as husband and husband.
Leaders of the gay community on Saipan are upset with Zak because of his support of anti-gay groups. Zak donated $1300 to President George W. Bush and the Republican Party in 2004 and is closely associated with disgraced former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Tom Delay, another closet homosexual.
"Nobody would have cared if he had referred to his husband as his wife if he hadn't made our lives more difficult," said local government employee Juan Camacho Tenorio. Tenorio is gay and has lived with his partner for 15 years, but is unmarried.
On Friday afternoon gay rights protestors lined the street in front of Winchell's Donuts in Susupe, where Zak was eating his regular breakfast of a bagel, three donuts, a blueberry muffin, a SPAM sandwich and a Diet Coke.
"Maryjoy is not his wife; she is his husband," explained gay rights activist and protest organizer Jun Villanueva. "I'm glad that jerk had his car stolen."
"Why is he trying to keep loving couples from getting married when he himself is married to another man?" asked another protestor who asked to remain anonymous.
Polishing off his second donut inside Winchell's, Zak had to say of the protest, "Look, I'm not looking to become a poster child for the gay marriage or the anti-gay marriage movement. I just want those homos to leave me alone. And I want my car back, too."