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The joke wasn’t golden, but the jokester was.

State Sen. Martin Golden (R–Bay Ridge) took heat for posting a homophobic joke to his personal Facebook account — and then quickly deleting it — last weekend.

The crack — re-posted from a men’s lifestyle website that ran the gag two years ago — made light of a biblical passage that encourages the murder of homosexuals by stoning. Golden removed the post after it ignited backlash on social media.

The senator’s comedic timing was as poor as the content, one of Golden’s gay fellow state legislators said.

“The meme he posted was about as outdated as opposition to marriage equality,” said openly gay state Sen. Brad Hoylman (D– Manhattan). “I’m glad Marty removed the lame joke about gay marriage from his Facebook page.”

The local Democratic club took a harder stance on the less-than-commendable comment.

“To make a crass joke involving the stoning of gay people is beneath the dignity of his office,” said Bay Ridge Democratic Club spokesman Chris McCreight. “It’s 2015 and there’s no place for bigotry in our society. Senator Golden should immediately apologize and start recognizing that all his constituents are equal.”

Golden removed the post but has not publicly apologized and did not return a request for comment.

The longtime state senator, who voted against gay marriage in 2011, re-posted the 2013 “joke” from Mandatory.com, a lifestyle site billing itself as “the greatest men’s site on the Internet.” The gag-inducing gag refers to medical marijuana’s acceptance in various states and the Supreme Court’s June 2013 striking down of the Defense of Marriage Act — the unconstitutional 1996 law that limited marriage to unions between a man and a woman.

It’s not the first time Golden has offended modern sensitivities. In 2012, he caught major flack after he proposed using money from his campaign account to host a 1950s-finishing-school-style seminar that promised to teach Ridge lasses to “walk up the stairs elegantly” and “sit, stand, and walk like a model.”

Now a Brooklyn gay advocacy group is offering to host a seminar for the senator.

“In response to this supposed joke, we have contacted Senator Golden’s office and requested a meeting to share information about LGBT people in Bay Ridge, as well as some of the important services we provide to his constituen­ts,” said Brooklyn Community Pride Center interim director Dolph Goldenburg.

The center hosts “Some Like it Hot,” an educational program for straight adults in Bay Ridge senior centers, and queer kids from the neighborhood come Downtown for the center’s youth programming, he said.

The tasteless post was first reported by the New York Observer.

Golden has not directly responded to the pride center, but a scheduler in the state senator’s office did take down his information, Goldenburg said.

Reach reporter Max Jaeger at mjaeger@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–8303. Follow him on Twitter @JustTheMax.
Updated 12:22 pm, July 8, 2015
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Homey from Crooklyn says:
What a bunch of precious snowflakes
July 8, 2015, 11:53 am
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
What kind of f-tard actually thinks that's homophobic? Are there seriously people still trapped in 2004? That's homophobic as much as pedobear posts support pedophilia (for those of you out there who use rotary phones more than the interweb tubes, that's 0%). When Republicans are out of touch and living in the past it's funny but when it's Dems/smart ppl... it's sad. I bet they think 4chan is new.
July 8, 2015, 11:53 am
samir from cobble hill says:
Actually I thought it was a clever analogy.
July 8, 2015, 12:52 pm
Bob from Fort Greene says:
"Dems/smart ppl...." Well, which one? Can't be both!
July 8, 2015, 1:59 pm
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
It's all about perspective. Dems/golden retrievers and smart people/actual humans are pretty much in the same boat when you compare them to Republicans/fungus.
July 8, 2015, 2:17 pm
Jimmy from Flatbush says:
It's interesting that none of you see a difference between an elected official saying/posting/tweeeting something and, say, your drunk uncle at a family cookout.

You have no expectations for the people you've made legislators? They are not in office just to represent your drunk uncle, but rather their whole district.
July 8, 2015, 4:30 pm
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
This is old meme from very progressive sources, not something the senator came up with. It is so much the antithesis of "drunk uncle" that anyone who has a problem with it might as well ride a golf cart and wear a shirt with 'BABY BOOMER' written across it.
July 8, 2015, 4:49 pm
Ed from Bay Ridge says:
Golden's office never should have pulled this, given MG's already-noxious noxious rep re: lgbt issues.
July 8, 2015, 5:53 pm
Ellen from Bay Ridge says:
Golden should be aware that he is representing the whole community. If he doesn't like gay people, he should ignore them. To post this on Sunday doesn't make sense. We have other things to do on Sunday around here.
July 9, 2015, 8:07 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
The joke is anti-Bible, not homophobic. I'm embarrassed for the Brooklyn Community Pride Center. I'm embarrassed for Max Jaeger and the Brooklyn Paper.
July 9, 2015, 9:04 am
Ed from Bay Ridge says:
Mike, Golden stridently opposed recognition of out-of-state same-sex partnerships and opposed marriage equality in NY. He pulls the faith card at every opportunity and gave an infamous speech telling religious groups that they had to protect their children from gay marriage.

So please don't tell me that he, or his staff, actually viewed this as an "anti-Bible" joke.
July 9, 2015, 11:44 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I always thought that there is a separation between religion and government, but I case that's not the case for Republicans and other conservative politicians like Marty Golden.
July 9, 2015, 2:39 pm
Stone from Stone Yard says:
So what, now all stones are gay? Stone-ism is apparently alive and well in Brooklyn.
Not all stones are pink and sparkly, some of us just regular old grey, dirty stones. We're not "fiecely fabulous" at the stone pride parade. Don't lump us all together in some stone-ist quarry. If offended the easily offended were a crime, this man would be in jail!
July 10, 2015, 2:42 am

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