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I was very interested to attend a special meeting of Community Board 10 Traffic and Transportation Committee where Sen. Marty Golden (R– Bay Ridge) proposed creating a pedestrian mall on Friday nights in the summer on Third Avenue in Bay Ridge. His arguments were that Bay Ridge could be more like Park Slope or Williamsburg as the neighborhood could attract restaurant-goers and shoppers from outside the neighborhood.

At the same meeting, I asked why he would not meet with constituents about marriage equality and how he could introduce legislation which denies recognition to lesbian and gay couples married outside New York. The contradiction could not be more apparent.

Park Slope and Williamsburg attract people because they are open to diversity and respecting people’s differences while Marty Golden is not. Even after the bill passed, he publicly towed the Conservative party and Archdiocese’s position that allowing gay men and lesbians to marry would lead to end of civilization as we know it. A trip to Massachusetts will prove the contrary.

The joy of living in Brooklyn is celebrating diversity and treating others with respect. As someone who was one half of one of the first public commitment ceremonies between two gay men in the Picnic House in Prospect Park, I celebrate the legislature’s passage of the bill to create marriage equality and applaud the governor’s resolve. We can all be equal in how we are treated under the law; that is truly something to celebrate. It is disturbing that Sen. Golden is still filled with hatred for what he doesn’t understand and continues to engage in the politics of division. I am sorry he can’t join in the celebration.

Scott Klein is a member of Community Board 10 in Bay Ridge.

Updated 5:25 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Regina Finnen from Bay Ridge says:
Well said Scott! As a constituent of Sen. Golden's I'm extremely disappointed in his representation.
July 8, 2011, 8:16 am
WW from Bay Ridge says:
There never was a law against gay marriage.

There was a law that said marriage was between one man and one woman.

All that has happend is that the 4,000 year old definition of what marriage is has been redefined. Hmm - 4,000 years of precident, 10 years of issue of the day.

You can redefine the tail of a horse to be a leg, but in fact, a horse will still have 4 legs not 5.
July 8, 2011, 9:34 am
shadow_man from brooklyn says:
WW: By your logic, slavery has existed for thousands of years, woman were inferiors for thousands of years, and humans thought the world was flat for thousands of years. So we should go back to those ways then right, since tradition has been redefined?

It's called progress. The same people including the KKK said the same thing about interracial marriage 40 years ago. And likewise, the homophobes will disappear like the racists did once the younger generation takes over.
July 8, 2011, 10:42 am
Traditional Bklynite from Old Bk says:
This newspaper is a rag, a disgrace.

Thomas Tracy writing supposed news pieces that are really pro homosexual editorials, pro deviance. But they were not labelled op-ed, unlike this one.

Continually attacking those who stand up for traditional values, like the Hon. Martin Golden.

This guy here, Mr. Klein, has the hutzpah to call Golden hate filled because Marty refuses to kowtow the latest liberal orthodoxy. What a balanced paper you have. Two opinion pieces. In a normal paper, each one would represent a different side. But here they both represent deviance and licentiousness. Shame on Kuntzman, Tracy and whoever else is responsible for this garbage. This rag should not get any more journalism awards for their blatant continued breaches of journalism ethics on this issue.

If I wanted to the read the deviant press, I could go to their websites, I don't need to come here to have the propaganda in my face all the time.

Shame on all you.

Go Marty, the decent people are behind you, the loudmouth bums with too much time on their hands should be ignored.

Go Bishop DeMarzio!
July 8, 2011, 4:33 pm
Mike says:
Deviance? Really? I wish I got to vote on *your* marriage.
July 8, 2011, 8:46 pm
Darby says:
Marty's catering hall is very open-minded. They are willing
to host gay weddings and receptions. His business is
willing to accept money from the gays even as he shoots
them down at every turn. Marty is living in the past with
his feet firmly planted on the wrong side of history. Marty is a hypocrite and this whole episode is a charade. At the end
of the day Marty cares about one thing and one thing
only: Marty. He took a stand on gay marriage because Mike
Long told him to. When Long says jump Marty responds
"how high?".
July 9, 2011, 7:35 am
WW from Bay Ridge says:
Shadow man, no one is against progress, but when you redefine something (e.g. :Slaves are people who like to work for no money") it doesn't make it anything more than semantics.

Marriage was redefined by this law - and the States have the right to do that - even when it makes no sense.
July 9, 2011, 9:48 am
G. W. Plunkitt from Fort Hamilton says:
The past is prologue. In the world of practical politics what several people like State Senator Martin Golden and his ilk are trying to do is backfill after their massive defeat on Marriage Equality.

Mr Klein called this the politics of division -- that's what it was before the vote on Marriage Equality got to the state senate floor. Now, the very same arguments are part of somebody's politics of diversion.

The reality on the Marriage Equality vote is that its opponents, like Golden, the Conservative Party' Mike Long, and some Catholic Church
"leaders", were barely a speed-bump
on the road to passage.

The aftervote whining by the likes of Golden and DiMarzio is just to coverup how pathetic and ineffectual their 2011 stop Gay Marriage efforts had been.
July 9, 2011, 11:55 pm
Marty's neighbor from Bay Ridge says:
G. W. Plunkitt nailed it. What you are hearing are simply the desperate cries of the old guard as their bigoted dogmatic relevance slips through their fingers like so many grains of sand.
July 10, 2011, 9:21 pm

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