Anti-gay-marriage senator will at least let homosexuals mourn their dead

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A state senator who opposes the rights of gay people to marry now says he will vote to give homosexuals the right to grieve a deceased loved one.

State Sen. Carl Kruger (D–Mill Basin) told The Brooklyn Paper on Thursday that he supports a new bill that would extend existing state bereavement rights to people involved in same-sex relationships — the same rights enjoyed by legally married couples.

“People living together in a relationship should be able to make those kinds of determinations, because that’s a right,” said Kruger.

But the fiery lawmaker hasn’t gone soft on gays, that’s for certain; marriage, he continued, is still “on a different plane.”

Kruger was the lone Brooklyn Democrat to vote against gay marriage in December, sparking the ire of gay rights groups, who brought their dismay right to his home in southern Brooklyn.

Despite, or perhaps because of, Kruger’s past hostility to a key item on the gay political agenda, Richard Murray of Marriage Equality New York praised Kruger’s support for the bereavement bill.

“If that’s the way he’s leaning, that’s wonderful,” he said. “We encourage him to take another 10 steps forward with us.”

He did not believe that Kruger, who represents a socially conservative district, was anywhere close to that yet.

But Kruger is obviously thinking about the issue, possibly the result of an effort by a political action committee called Fight Back New York, formed by Colorado billionaire Tim Gill for the sole purpose of electing a pro-gay-marriage majority in the Senate, which rejected the Assembly’s “marriage equality” bill by a vote of 38-24.

Fight Back New York has insisted that it is not targeting any lawmaker in particular, but gunning for them all.

Current state law requires employers to grant funeral or bereavement leaves. The new bill, sponsored by Sen. Velmanette Montgomery (D-Boerum Hill), would cover employees who are in “committed, same-sex relationsh­ip.”

When a company refuses to grant such leave, it “fails to acknowledge the value that any committed relationship contributes to our communities,” the bill states.

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Ed from Brooklyn says:
Feel free to delete this comment, since it violates your terms, but Carl Kruger is a COMPLETE ——.

Thanks, Mill Basin, for sending this TOTAL MORON back to Albany year after year. It really reflects well on your community. Keep up the good work.
April 9, 2010, 9:49 am
jerry from sheepshead bay says:
This guy Carl Kruger is a disaster. Everytime I geet a new mailer from him, it goes right into the shredder.
He's a political hack.
I hope there is a Democratic Candidate that is willing to run against him in the Sept. primary. Whoever does will have my vote & many of my friends & family.
Let's send this bum home to his $3 million house in Mill Basin.
By the way, that proposes a very interesting question: How does this guy afford a $ 3 million dollar house on a salary of what a State Senator makes ?
Something smells here really bad. I guess the only way to find out is to follow the be continued...
April 9, 2010, 4 pm
Jason from Brooklyn says:
Ed, you're so right, the guy is a total butt.

Gays don't even want bereavement rights, so why are we giving them to them?
Maybe they like it because black is so slimming, but that is no reason to waste TAX PAYER MONEY on people who aren't even Christian and have never served in the army. If they want these rights, then why don't they move to Cuba.
April 9, 2010, 6:51 pm
Stephen Kay from Planet Earth says:
@Jason from Brooklyn

Gay people pay taxes too. We are winning this fight and once we do people like you can move to cuba for all we care or maybe Iran they are a theocracy.
April 10, 2010, 10:45 pm
Jason from brooklyn says:
@Stephen K

People like me? is that supposed to be a racist comment against asians????
April 11, 2010, 3:08 am
Marc from also here on earth says:
@ Jason from brooklyn

ROFL ARE YOU FOR REAL JASON?? RACIST AGAINST ASIANS?? PLEASE PLEASE EXPLAIN TO ME HOW ANYONE IS SUPPOSED TO KNOW YOU ARE ASIAN?? Why is it that BIGGOTS like you fail to realize gays pay taxes and HAVE SERVED in the ARMED FORCES are always telling us to move elsewhere. Last I checked we still live in a FREE country! I agree with Stephen We are in this fight for the long haul and are indeed WINNING this fight and if you don't like I hear Iran is lovely this time of year, So is cuba for that matter. You were right about one thing and here it is many of us are not Christians many are, we come from all religions and races which is what makes us so strong!!
ROFL still laughing at the fact you expect anyone reading your post to know your ethnic backround. lolololol I needed that!!
April 11, 2010, 6:29 am

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