NEW YORK: Newly-Elected NOM-Backed State Senator Introduces Same-Sex Marriage Repeal
The Wall Street Journal reports:
After running against gay marriage as a state Senate candidate, rookie Republican David Storobin is now trying to repeal it.
Ten days after taking office, Storobin has proposed a bill that would repeal the one-year-old law allowing same-sex couples in New York to marry, one of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s most important victories.
“The government has thrust upon the people of this state a definition of marriage that violates their religious and personal moral beliefs,” Storobin argues in the memo attached to the bill.
The effort isn’t likely to go very far. Storobin is the lone sponsor of the measure, and there’s no companion bill in the Assembly, where same-sex marriage has more robust support.
An attorney from Russia, Storobin defeated Democratic City Councilman Lew Fidler in a race so close it needed more than two months and a hand recount to settle. He assailed his rival for his support of gay marriage during the campaign, and the topic became an important wedge issue that helped the Republican make inroads among a large Orthodox Jewish bloc in the district.
Storobin replaced Carl Kruger, a Democrat convicted on corruption charges and sentenced to seven years in prison. Kruger last year reversed his position on gay marriage and voted for the bill, which passed the Senate by a 32 to 29 vote.