David Storobin: Ban Gay Marriage

Boro’s newest elected starts Albany career by trying to ban gay marriage

Brooklyn Daily

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) has introduced legislation to repeal New York’s law that allows same-sex couples to marry — a move slammed by critics who say he is trying to curry favor with conservative voters.

Storobin, who was sworn into office two weeks 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 freshman.

“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’ 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.”

Same-sex marriage opponents are cheering the bill.

“It’s fantastic that he’s doing this,” said Rabbi Joseph Friedman, the leader of Jews for Morality, a Midwood-based group. “A majority of the constituents in his district do not want homosexual marriage.”

Yet 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 legislature said the law won’t come to a 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 for Comptroller John Liu’s office 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

Reach reporter Daniel Bush at dbush@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow him at twitter.com/dan_bush.

Reader Feedback

stan James from brooklyn says:
why didnt I go to Israel with my wife in 2009 ?

Because a couple of the orthodox in the knesset said

being gay was like bird flu 9which we were trying to wipe out

this shows you the irrationality of conservative religons - the gays shared Germanys; ovens with the Jews , some of whom may have been these orthos close relatives.

As for the Vatican, its german pope born in 1928, in 2009 UNexcommunicated a holocaust denier, Bishop Williamson.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/25/world/europe/25pope.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all
June 20, 2012, 4:48 am
Nathan from Brooklyn South says:
These Soviet Russian immigrants are the red-necks of NYC. Where-ever they settle, they bring along their intolerance for minorities and LGBT people just like back home in their Soviet Russia. In Israel they have the same problem with Russian immigrants and Russian politicians who are racist and say outrageous, ignorant and offensive things against gays and lesbians. Strobin eats pork with cheeseburgers but he is now concerned for his religious morality? Pandering to your voting block at the expense of other people's civil and human rights is immoral. I hope his kids grow up gay and lesbian, maybe then he will understand.
June 20, 2012, 10:23 am
straight from midwood says:
Of all the issues in the headlines today, the one that will have the least effect on improving or harming the economy is gay marriage.

Storobin has chosen to fight a useless battle that will lead to nothing of value no matter what the outcome.

On the other hand, there are plenty of fights worthy of a politician's time.

Improving the teacher certification process is a good one. As of today, certification is a bizarre process that benefits no one, least of all the students.

Healthcare? Given the expanding waistlines around Brooklyn, it's painfully obvious a lot of people need to learn about good food and bad food.

Bloomberg was right that we should stop drinking the huge sugar-bombed sodas that come with too many meals. But his legislative plan will fail. We need a better way.

We need more jobs in Brooklyn. The racino at Aqueduct now pulls in more cash than any other slot-machine venue in the east. It's time for something similar to open in Brooklyn. Perhaps Coney Island.

Maybe Storobin can support legislation to drill for gas in upstate NY. The city is about to get a new natural gas pipeline and it would be to the benefit of everyone in NY if the gas filling the pipeline were to come from wells drilled in NY rather than Pennsylvania.

This stuff matters. Within the context of NY State, gay marriage doesn't.
June 20, 2012, 10:31 am
driver from ditmas park says:
Storobin should support the mayor's plan to create a taxi business in the outer boroughs.

He should also support the mayor's plan to sell 2,000 new taxi medallions. Existing medallions are selling for $1,000,000 each.

Two thousand new medallions means $2 Billion for NY City. The taxpayers need the relief that would come from those sales.
June 20, 2012, 12:05 pm

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