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Outed Kruger now says gay marriage is OK

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State Sen. Carl Kruger has come out — for gay marriage.

The embattled legislator, who voted against same-sex nuptials in 2009, but was outed by the FBI earlier this year for having a loving relationship with a male housemate, said he’ll vote for gay marriage when it’s brought to the Senate floor this week.

Not that he’s admitting he’s gay, or anything. He just changed his mind.

“My vote comes not as an outgrowth of media attacks or picketing outside my home or political pressure, but due to a better understanding of the impact that this bill will have on the rights of countless New Yorkers,” Kruger (D–Brighton Beach) said on Monday. “There’s been a learning curve, but I now believe in my heart that if you’re going to advocate for equality and justice, you have to do so in all of its many manifestations.”

Kruger claims he’s always been in favor of extending marriage rights to any couple that “shares the same roof,” but voted against same-sex marriage in 2009 because his conservative constituency wanted him to.

He paid a price: several gay advocate groups held a rally at Kruger’s home after his “No” vote, but then — knowing the apparent truth about Kruger — went to the multi-million dollar Mill Island home where Kruger lives with his alleged lover, Michael Turano, and his mom, Community Board 18 District Manager Dorothy Turano, whom many believed was Kruger’s “beard.”

But within two years, everything was out in the open.

As the FBI arrested Kruger in March for allegedly pocketing close to $1 million in bribes, investigators outlined in painstaking detail a personal relationship with Michael Turano, who was arrested for setting up the shell companies where the bribes were funneled to.

Kruger wouldn’t say if his decision to vote for same sex marriage was linked to his outing, but gay marriage advocates aren’t looking a gift horse in the mouth.

“I’m not going to speculate on his motivations,” said Matthew McMorrow, president of the Lambda Independent Democrats, Brooklyn’s leading gay political group. “I’m just happy that he came to the conclusion that he should vote the right way.”

Kruger was the only Senate Democrat to vote against same sex marriage in 2009. State Sen. Marty Golden (R-Bay Ridge) also voted against the measure, and will vote against it again.

Two Queens state senators who had voted against gay marriage switched sides with Kruger on Monday, as did seven Senate Republicans, giving gay and lesbian advocates hope that the measure will pass this week.

The measure passed the Assembly by an 89-52 vote in 2009, though Assemblymembers Peter Abbate (D–Dyker Heights), Bill Colton (D–Bensonhurst), Steve Cymbrowitz (D–Sheepshead Bay), Dov Hikind (D–Borough Park) and Nick Perry (D–Flatbush) opposed it.

Updated 1:08 am, June 15, 2011: An earlier version of this story misspelled nuptials. We wonder how Gersh let that one slip by.
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Why is he not from in prison says:
Why is he not in prison?
June 14, 2011, 1:22 am
Katie Murphy from Brooklyn says:
Its almost always this way. Self hating gays, driven by societal pressure and hate to not only not support gay people.....

But campaign actively against their own kind.

During WWII this type of person was called a Kapo in the death camps, Jews who worked for the Nazis keeping the others in line.. For priveledges etc and just as brutal as the germans.

Often criminals in the past.

Examples almost cerainly include Diaz, spriggs and perkins of the hate Group FRC, and manyy others.

Minister ted Haggard, outed by his gay orostitute boyfriend. Minsiter Barns, toe tapping sen craig.

the list of these creeps is endless.
June 14, 2011, 1:41 am
Or from Yellow Hook says:
There is no law against gay marriage - gays marry all the time, look at Liza Minelli and Jim McGreevey.
June 14, 2011, 8:02 am
Pamela from Sunset Park says:
@Or - I never realized that Liza and McGreevey were married to one another ;-)
June 14, 2011, 9:22 am
jerry from brighton beach says:
Kruger had the gall & chutzpah to come to a Rally on sunday June 12th in Coney Island to Save the Firhouse 161 on W. 8th St.

Even the other politicians there like Recchia, Markowitz, Nadler cringed at being photographed with him there.

Kruger is going on trial in January 2012, for by all accounts by the Justice Dept. of taking bribes in the million of dollars among other charges.

Doesn't he have any SHAME !
June 14, 2011, 10:02 am
Rob from Greenpoint says:
Who cares what this hideous old fart thinks?
June 14, 2011, 12:35 pm
tupelo35 from windsor terrace says:
it's rumored, he was asking if Rikers has a wedding chapel.
June 14, 2011, 3:03 pm
Les from NYC says:
Nice way to spell "nuptuals." I'm surprised Gersh let that one slip by.
June 14, 2011, 8:31 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I am glad that he has seen the light and will support same sex marriage, because he has my support on this.
June 15, 2011, 11:55 am
Tony from Boerum Hill says:
The questions is:
1.Do our elected representatives have to vote for the things the majority of their constituents want; or
2. Do they need to hold themselves to a higher level and vote for what is right?

I'm happy to see Kruger's change in philosophy and I think a lot of politicians would do well to follow his example.
June 17, 2011, 1 pm
Wally from Kensington says:
Will State Senator Carl Kruger get re-elected from Brighton Beach?
The Gay,(oops) guy is dead politically in Russian neighborhoods.
June 18, 2011, 11:29 am
Sholom from Bensonhurts says:
At the end, Four (4) Republicans voted for the bill. These coherts are Saland (Hudson Valley), Grisanti, Alesi (Rochester), and McDonald. One Democrat voted against the bill: Rueben Diaz.

Very wierd that now that the NYS senate is controlled by the GOP, this bill passed by 33-29 majority , when only 18 months ago when the Senate was controlled by the Dem's the bill was rejected by a 38-24 majority.

Even crazier is that this "norrowly" passed the Liberal controlled Assembly in late '09 by a lapsided majority of 89-52. Now, (when the Assembly has one additional seat) it passed narrowly by about 82-72.!!!

Go figure out the "ALBANY FRAUD".

One the Senators who flipped from No to Yes is, Carl Kruger who represents an Orthodox District in Brooklyn.

The New York Times reported that Kruger switched his vote because his girlfriend’s gay nephew completely cut off contact with both of them after Kruger voted against the bill earlier.

Again, it sounds like the typical ALBANY FRAUD.
June 27, 2011, 3:20 pm

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