Gay marriage now

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Back in April, The Brooklyn Paper asked six state Senators in our coverage area whether they would support the gay marriage bill that had just passed the Democrat-run Assembly.

All but one of the electeds — Eric Adams (D-Fort Greene), Martin Dilan (D-Greenpoint), Velmanette Montgomery (D-Park Slope), Diana Savino (D-Bay Ridge) and newcomer Daniel Squadron (D-Brooklyn Heights — strongly supported the notion that people should be permitted to wed, regardless of the gender of their would-be spouse.

The lone holdout was longtime Republican standard-bearer Marty Golden (R-Bay Ridge), who held onto the antiquated notion that “marriage is between a man and a woman.”

Given that the state’s actual role in the institution of marriage involves upholding the legality of a contract between two people, we wholeheartedly agree with the supporters of marriage equality.

That said, the state Senate leadership — which includes John Sampson (D-Brownsville) — has been appallingly slow to answer the call of history and extend this basic civil right to lesbians and gays. Senate leaders, only after Gov. Paterson shamed them by publicly calling for the Senate to finally take up the Assembly bill, finally agreed this week to bring the issue to a vote.

Of course, the vote was put off until “a date not certain between now and the end of the year,” as the governor put it.

Why the delay? The state is at a historic crossroads on what could be the civil rights issue of our time — the simple act of allowing someone to marry anyone he or she chooses. Just as laws once barred whites from marrying blacks, laws preventing gays from marrying one another must be thrown into the dustbin of history.

Into that bin should also be tossed leaders who cannot rise to this historic moment. When reaching out to lawmakers and political candidates, we are consistently amazed at how few would actually stand up and be counted on gay marriage — as if merely mentioning support for this civil right would encourage some constituents to grab pitchforks, tar and feathers.

City Councilman Vincent Gentile (D-Bay Ridge), for example, has refused more than two dozen interview requests on the subject. The same can be said for state Sen. Carl Kruger (D-Sheepshead Bay). But silence on the issue speaks volumes. Neither lawmaker has the makings of true leadership, hoping instead that the issue goes away before he has to take a public stand.

History has a particular contempt for politicians who don’t answer the call of the times, or, worse, remain silent when their voices are so urgently needed. On gay marriage, Gentile, Kruger and others deserve that scorn.

But for our part, we urge the state Senate to pass the Assembly bill to allow gays and lesbians to marry and share the joy — and, more important, the civil benefits of marriage — that the rest of us have been experiencing.

Updated 5:15 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Jane from park slope says:
Gays are allowed to get married, just not to each other.
Nov. 13, 2009, 3:52 am
Vitaliy from Midwood says:
So, Jane, you'll be happy if your daughter marries one?
Nov. 13, 2009, 8:44 am
Zouave from Bay Ridge says:
Since the liberal Brooklyn Paper now wants the oxymoron of "gay Marriage" I assume they will soon come out for polygamy, bigamy, and polyandry. Why not?? Anything goes!!

Nov. 13, 2009, 2:46 pm
A O from BKLYN says:
I haven't experience any joy from marriage! What all the fuss about, people say they are believers in God and fear him and yada yada yada... so why not let God do his own work and punish these "sinners" as you call them on judgment day. If you believe in God you shouldn't be doing His job. Allow people free will so He can judge them based on what He considers sinful not your crazy interpretation!
Nov. 13, 2009, 2:59 pm
david from park slope says:
Marriage is a gift from God, the Bible says so. It also says that "the knowlege of the Bible being the truth was put in us". Gays have been given over to the evil one. This is gays attacking a gift from God, that is what this fuss is about. Here is a real dirty digusting word liberals really really hate......JESUS.....
Nov. 14, 2009, 8:16 am
Fourth Estate from DUMBO says:
@ Dave, you really have no clue, Jesus WAS A LIBERAL, he promoted liberal ideals, like love your neighbor and help the poor. I see very few Neo-cons doing this, and yet they like to preach to others how to live. Truth is, it is narrow minded people like yourself that actually hate what Jesus was really about.

Gift from God? Are you serious? Marriage in the U.S.A., you know, the country we live in, is a secular institution, not subject to religion. This is why atheists can get married, and the marriage can be performed by priests, judges (not clergy, oh my) and ship captains (another group of non-clergy). If you are so in favor of protecting a 'gift', then why not come out against all types of non-church marriages?

And for the record, I am hetero and don't see any problem with this.
Nov. 14, 2009, 12:01 pm
Alice from Queens says:
Am all for gay marriage, but does this article contain any news? No new information - please write when there are facts to report on. And please more articles about gays.
Nov. 15, 2009, 6:02 pm
Anthony from Bay Ridge says:
Nice that a local paper will comment on an issue that's not local at all. But more gay sex is good, will marriage promote that?
Nov. 16, 2009, 11:07 am
Jean from Bay ridge says:
@Zuoave -
Total nonsense, and what is so wrong with being a hedonist anyway you moralizing bastard.
Nov. 17, 2009, 6:53 am
Jess from WT says:
Gay marriage detracts from the sacredness of heterosexual divorces and extramarital affairs.
Dec. 23, 2009, 2:06 am

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