Sections

Same-sex marriage is all in the family for Golden

The Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Get our stories in your inbox, free.

Like The Brooklyn Paper on Facebook.

State Sen. Marty Golden may have called gay marriage the “destruction of the sacrament of marriage” — but his family’s catering hall is more than happy to accommodate your LGBT wedding reception!

Golden (R-Bay Ridge) was Brooklyn’s only state senator to oppose the passage of the historic same-sex marriage legislation late last week.

To find out if the staff at the Bay Ridge Manor — which Golden owned before selling it to a relative in 2003 — shared the legislator’s beliefs, two of our male reporters stopped by the 76th Street catering hall on Wednesday, identifying themselves as same-sex partners looking for a place to celebrate their upcoming nuptials.

But instead of showing them the door, a manager didn’t bat an eye and immediately spread out a few pamphlets on the desk, outlining the various catering packages that ranged from $60 a head for a “hot smorgasbord” buffet to $95 a head for a cocktail reception and a full dinner with choices of filet mignon and pan-seared yellow fin tuna steak.

The manager was courteous and open to hosting the event at the manor — which features a ballroom with crystal chandeliers — and never commented on the reporters’ apparent sexual orientation.

Golden, however, isn’t as accepting.

The Catholic cop-turned-legislator — who hosted several Republican fundraisers at the Bay Ridge Manor, as well as a GOP rally for Rep. Michael Grimm (R-Bay Ridge) before his 2010 election — referred to same-sex marriage in biblical terms, calling the legal coupling of gays “a challenge to our faith” the day after the measure passed by a slim 33-29 vote in the Senate.

“My faith guided me, as it has throughout my political career, in deciding what is right and what is wrong, and as such, I couldn’t and didn’t vote to legalize same sex marriage,” he said.

The senator did not reply to e-mails requesting comment on this story by our midnight deadline, but an aide confirmed that the senator continues to hold events there.

“When we do, we pay to have them there like others who book affairs [and] events at the Bay Ridge Manor,” said spokesman John Quaglione.

Last Friday’s vote means New York will join Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Iowa and Washington, D.C. on July 24 in legally recognizing gay marriage.

The vote in the senate was contentious, but many legislators who had voted against same-sex marriage in the past rallied for its passage this time around — including state Sen. Carl Kruger (D–Brighton Beach). Kruger, who voted against the bill in 2009, but was outed as a homosexual in a recent FBI probe, claimed that legalizing same-sex marriage was “the reaffirmation of what a family is,” as he cast his vote.

Golden voted as expected. In May, the senator had said his constituents “don’t give a rat’s ass” about gay marriage, prompting a protest outside his Fifth Avenue office.

But Golden isn’t the only Brooklyn legislator opposed to gay marriage. Before the Senate took up the bill, the measure passed the Assembly with an 80-63 vote — but without the help of Assemblymembers Nicole Malliotakis (R-Bay Ridge), Peter Abbate (D–Dyker Heights), Bill Colton (D-Bensonhurst) Inez Barron (D–Canarsie), Steven Cymbrowitz (D–Sheepshead Bay) and Dov Hikind (D–Borough Park).

Bay Ridge Manor [476 76th St. at Fifth Avenue in Bay Ridge, (718)748-8855].

— with Aaron Short

Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Get our stories in your inbox, free.

Like The Brooklyn Paper on Facebook.

Reader Feedback

Bernadette says:
Hehehe!! Clever little story, fellas. Same-sex marriage added millions to California coffers. The Bay Ridge Manor doesn't mind gay marriages because it will bring them green! The new gay marriage bill will bring our entire State loads of new money but for some reason Marty doesn't care about that. This dog and pony show about Marty "selling" the Manor and no longer being involved with it is ridiculous. It is now owned by Marty's brother for goodness sake! It is no secret that Marty has used the Manor as his power base for years; by giving out awards and entertaining other civic appreciate dinners, he buys votes via filet mignon and pan-seared yellow fin tuna steak.
June 30, 2011, 2:41 pm
ridgeite from bay ridge says:
Oh my, this story is hilarious...
The senator did not reply to e-mails requesting comment on this story by our midnight deadline, but an aide confirmed that the senator continues to hold events there.
“When we do, we pay to have them there like others who book affairs [and] events at the Bay Ridge Manor,” said spokesman John Quaglione.
suuuure he pays for it like every other client that books a party, wink wink
June 30, 2011, 9:42 pm
Lenny from bay ridge says:
Martin, come on! Everyone knows you still own the place. Doesn't matter if its under your name or your brothers name. Don't feed us lies. Do you honestly expect us to believe that you "have to pay like anyone else"??? Come on Martin.We're not that dumb!
June 30, 2011, 10:26 pm
Les says:
How is the photo by Aaron Short if he is one of the people in the photograph?
July 1, 2011, 4:11 pm
Scurti says:
Self-timer or maybe a tripod. Or maybe one of the undocumented "help" took it.
July 1, 2011, 7:23 pm
Richard Grayson from Williamsburg says:
I harshly criticized Sen. Golden for his homophobic views in a response to a previous article, but the deception of your reporters here seems unfair and a kind of "gotcha" journalism in which, in fact, nothing remarkable occurred: the people at the catering hall acted perfectly as they should have and sound like they were more professional than this paper's journalists. Sen. Golden should be voted out of office, and he will be, but the one who acted sleazily here was your paper.
July 3, 2011, 4:04 pm
Al from B Ridge says:
Richard Grayson said "the people at the catering hall acted perfectly as they should have and sound like they were more professional than this paper's journalists."

The issue isn't the catering staff. It's MG: He's an infamous homophobe who boasts of and leans on "religious" bases for his intolerance ... yet he benefits, financially and politically, from the BR Manor (which has no problem w/same-sex weddings).
If he were truly that religio-purist, he'd cut loose and not benefit from the business. Otherwise, he's being $leazy-hypocritical.
July 5, 2011, 3:50 am
Bay Ridger from Bay Ridge says:
This is the LAST place the LGBT community and its supporters should be spending money. AVOID THIS PLACE!! The only way we can affect change on people like this is through our economic power.

Besides, at the prices quoted, there are less expensive and better places than this in Bay Ridge to hold your party!
July 11, 2011, 8:18 am
Justin Nother from NYC says:
Why don’t you try and book your same sex “marriage” ceremony and reception at some local mosques.

Can’t wait to see the reaction / watch you not sue them.
Dec. 13, 2017, 7:31 pm

Enter your comment below

By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:

You agree that you, and not BrooklynPaper.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to BrooklynPaper.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Keep it local!

Stay in touch with your community. Subscribe to our free newsletter:

Optional: