David Storobin: Ban Gay Marriage

Boro’s newest elected starts Albany career with law to ban gay marriage

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Newly elected state Sen. David Storobin has a message for his gay constituents: you shouldn’t be allowed to marry each other.

Storobin (R–Brighton Beach) today introduced legislation to repeal New York’s law that allows same-sex couples to marry — a move slammed by critics who say the freshman is trying to curry favor with conservative voters.

Storobin, who was sworn into office 10 days ago, but whose district will become extinct in December thanks to redistricting, announced last week that he will be running for the state senate’s new so-called Super Jewish district, which is dominated by Orthodox Jews who tend to vote Republican — and are against same-sex marriage.

That didn’t stop gay-rights advocates from slamming the new state legislator.

“It’s surprising that he would want to start off his career on the wrong side of history — and to the right of [former Vice-President] Dick Cheney.” said Matthew McMorrow, the co-president of Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn, the borough’s leading lesbian and gay rights advocacy group.

New York became the largest state to legalize same-sex marriage last year, when the majority-Republican state senate voted 33–29 in favor of it.

But Storobin — who beat Councilman Lew Fidler (D–Marine Park) in their closely watched race to replace prison-bound ex-pol Carl Kruger — said the state changed the definition of marriage when it allowed same-sex nuptials, and that goes against his and his constituents’s religions.

“The government has thrust upon the people of this state a definition of marriage that violates their religious and personal moral beliefs,” Storobin wrote in his bill, which calls marriage between a man and a woman “the bedrock of our civil society.”

Experts said the proposal is dead on arrival because it won’t pass the Republican-controlled senate and has no companion bill in the left-leaning assembly. Both chambers would have to pass the legislation, which would then have to be signed into law by Gov. Cuomo, a staunch supporter of same-sex marriage.

A fellow legislatures said Storobin’s law won’t make it to vote.

“We’re not moving backwards.” said state Sen. Eric Adams (D–Flatbush), one of eight borough senators who voted to legalize same-sex marriage.

But political analysts say that even if Storobin fails he will still earn political points with voters in his race for the Super Jewish district, which encompasses Midwood, Borough Park, and Kensington.

“His bill is entirely directed to the Orthodox community and more conservative voters,” said veteran politico Hank Sheinkopf. “For very religious voters it’ll show that he’s on their political wavelength.”

Storobin is squaring off against Democrat Simcha Felder, a former Borough Park councilman who left office to work fo Comptroller John Liu’s in 2010.

Storobin, the vice-president of the Kings County Republican Party, can’t seek reelection because the state approved new district lines earlier this year that divvied up Kruger’s old stomping grounds between two borough lawmakers and the new Borough Park seat.

The Soviet-born attorney beat Fidler by 13 votes in the closest election in Brooklyn’s history earlier this month.

Kruger resigned from the seat in December hours before pleading guilty to accepting $1 million in bribes from developers and lobbyists. His seven-year prison sentence is scheduled to start on June 26.

— with Eli Rosenberg

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Updated 12:52 pm, June 20, 2012
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Reasonable discourse

Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
He is fighting a lost cause here. Nobody is forcing anyone to marry anyone of the same gender, so enough with that claim already. I really don't see how same sex marriage spells the end or the world. Also, I thought conservatives are against big government, but I guess that is only when it comes to business, not values. Another thing is that religious institutions are not forced to marry any same sex couples if they choose not to, but if they want to be political, they should start paying taxes just like the rest of us.
June 19, 2012, 10:29 pm
Dave from Park Slope says:
It takes a special kind of moron to make me feel nostalgic for Lew Fidler AND Carl Kruger.
June 19, 2012, 11:03 pm
bengee from coney says:
What a mandate 13 votes.A young guy who thinks he's living in the 1940's.
June 20, 2012, 6:31 am
Adrastos from Bath beach says:
First of all, marriage has nothing to do with religion. It is the civil union of two people that want to be together, it has nothing to do with God ro religion.

It is a LEGAL binding of 2 people of thier own choice, NOT RELIGION.

So this retard, needs to go back under the rock from where he came from.

How dare he say who I can marry, the nerve.

This is not a reilgios thing, besides religion has been the problem of man since day one.

This is a legality, and NO, our senate should not have the right to say who we can marry.

*****sticks tongue out*****
June 20, 2012, 7:47 am
Bay Ridger from Bay Ridge says:
Political posturing. Just what we need from our legislators.

How about going after the orthodox pedophiles who hide behind their community?
June 20, 2012, 7:57 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
What a terrible light this guy puts Brighton Beach in.
June 20, 2012, 12:19 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Whoever says that same sex marriage is unnatural is no different from those who opposed equal rights for others in the past. Around the time of the Civil War, there were many slave holders who didn't want to end slavery because they called it being unnatural and taking away their right to own a slave. Let's not forget that when women fought for the right to vote and have the same jobs as men, there were many sexists who fought to make sure it would never happen, because they feared that their male status would be hindered by this. More importantly, racists especially the KKK lead hard to fights to make sure that integration would never occur in their states as they fought the Civil Rights Act and Brown vs Board of Ed. In reality, gays are just like all the others who are fighting for their equal rights, and those other groups who oppose their rights and marriages are no different from how they were treated, so stop trying to turn from being victims becoming the victimizers.
June 20, 2012, 2:19 pm
fatimah from cobble hill says:
I say - Let gays be miserable like 50% of the heterosexual married population.
June 21, 2012, 5:30 am
Guest from District 17 says:
Great job Storobin!!! I will tell everyone about your great courage to stand up against evil!!!

Simcha Felder helped lesbian Quinn to become Speaker!!!

Felder must personally support gay marriage because he supports Obama, Bloomberg and Quinn.

No to Felder!!! Yes to Storobin!!!
June 21, 2012, 9:55 am
Bklyn Ron from Ft Greene says:
It is a shame that such a young man would be so out of touch with current events. Probably another closeted gay. As for DC17, get out of the dark ages. Both of these out of touch people, don't get it. It is the heterosexual couple that happily brings forth all of our gay and lesbian children. I must thank each and every one of them for adding to the population of the LGBT community.
June 21, 2012, 1:59 pm
Howard from Midwood says:
I would like to see these gay groups and there looney tunes come to Boro Park and Midwood and tell our community how they hate us and our values.

Thank god we have senator storobin on our side.
June 22, 2012, 2:58 pm
nsb008 from Brooklyn says:
Hey Howard..we don't come into your neighborhoods and tell you we hate you and hate your values..but morons like you certainly feel entitled to do that to about you stick to your values but don't shove em onto everyone else who doesn't think like you.
June 29, 2012, 11:35 pm
Brighton Guy from Brighton Beach says:
This guy certainly should not put a negative light on Brighton Beach. Growing up here, and still living here knows thats Russians for the most part stick to themselves and don't get into your business. Being a gay young man I feel really comfortable here. This guy is a jerk and he is pandering to the American jews. I'm jewish by birth, and wish the American government didn't cater so much to the Jews & to Israel. But- it's all about the money.
July 1, 2012, 2:26 am
Brighton Guy from Brighton Beach says:
Also- Remember- The last laugh is on Storobin- You're out of a job here in 2013 with the new redistricting! Lastly- don't forget he only won by around 15 votes!!!! The only people that vote in local elections here in Southern Brooklyn are the elderly people over 70. They tend to be conservative. Most other people in this part of the borough absolutely don't care about politics. I'm starting to not care about local politics either.
July 1, 2012, 2:37 am

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