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State Senator Storobin on Gay Marriage and Simcha Felder as an Opponent


Eli Chomsky (left) and State Senator David Storobin in The Jewish Press offices in Brooklyn.

Eli Chomsky (left) and State Senator David Storobin in The Jewish Press offices in Brooklyn.

When Yossi Gestetner recently resigned as the director of Jewish outreach for the New York State Republican Party, he claimed that Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos is supporting Felder over Storobin. But Storobin said he’s confident that he has the full support of Skelos. “For him to pass a bill with my name on it means Skelos supports me and wants me to win,” Storobin said. “We have a good relationship and I assume Skelos will publicly support me.” Another public supporter of Storobin’s is Yidel Perlstein, chairman of Community Board 12, despite the fact that City Councilman David Greenfield, a close friend and political ally of Perlstein’s, is supporting Felder.

To view the entire Jewish Press Forum interview with Storobin, click here.

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10 Responses to “State Senator Storobin on Gay Marriage and Simcha Felder as an Opponent”

  1. Muriel Coudurier-Curveur says:

    Sen. Storobin makes the unfortunate (and inexcusable for a law maker) mistake of confusing the US Constitution with Religious morals. Because the US Constitution forbids different rights for different minorities (Art.1-9 : "Congress shall not pass no bill of attainder…"), either marriage is to lose all legal status, or its status has to be extended to all unions between consenting adults, including homosexual ones. This doesn't mean -far from it- that a Church, Temple, Synagogue, or Mosque can be forced to perform sacraments it opposes. Separation of Church and State insures that no one be forced to endure moral tenets (s)he opposes. In essence, Sen. Storobin can rest at ease: he never has to condone an homosexual marriage in his place of cult if he doesn't wish to. The same US Constitution which grants homosexuals the right to marry, protects his right not to bear witness to a union he disapproves.

  2. Yori Yanover says:

    I was questioning the need to make a social wedge issue the centerpiece of a campaign with the real needs of the district being so obvious. It's so Karl Rove 2004 playbook.

  3. Muriel Coudurier-Curveur says:

    This seems to be the pattern this year, with most states legislatures driven into an anti-abortion/anti-contraception frenzy, when it's quite obvious the population is much more concerned with jobs, living wages, housing, decaying public services and infrastructures.

  4. Yori Yanover says:

    The thing is, we really NEED more New York Republicans in the House, because NY State should not become a one-party state. But if that's the direction the east coast Republicans are pushing, Ican't see them winning. I miss the Rockefeller Republicans.

  5. Simcha Felder gained popularity in Boro Park for advocating strongly on their behalf, including in matters relating to Israel. Although personally opposed to homosexuality as being against Judaism, he backed Christine Quinn for City Council Speaker in what was seen as a political move to gain allies. Felder opposes same-sex marriage.

    What is good for Boro Park are politicians that can make allies to bring home bread and butter. Politicians like Storobin remind me of Charles Barron of Bedford- Stuyvesant. Both are great culture warriors but not as strong in helping those who would vote for them.

  6. Muriel Coudurier-Curveur says:

    I haven't seen any in a very long time. I wish there were 5 major parties in the US. It would offer a bit more of a balance

  7. Charlie Hall says:

    I grew up in Maryland when Charles Mathias was serving in the House (8 years) and Senate (18 years). While he was pro-business, he was also pro-civil rights, pro-environment, saw quickly that the Vietnam war was a mistake, and supported programs benefitting the poor. Mathias would never win a Republican primary today.

  8. Charlie Hall says:

    The one time I have ever seen Christine Quinn was in an orthodox synagogue. And why not? There is no halachic prohibition for non-Jewish woman to have sex with another non-Jewish woman, and neither Quinn nor her partner are Jewish! Furthermore, the alternative Speaker candidate to Quinn was the evil anti-Semite Charles Barron. Do we really want to support Israel-hating anti-Semites just because they oppose same sex marriage?

  9. Charlie Hall says:

    Establishing a school voucher program in New York would require amending the state constitution. The last time this was attempted was in 1967, when NY Democrats led by supporters of then-Sen. Robert F. Kennedy controlled a constiutional convention that made that proposal. Unfortunately, Gov. Rockefeller only have the proposed constitutional revisions lukewarm support, and most of the rest of the Republican Party including Lt. Gov. Wilson opposed them. The result was a resounding defeat at the polls, with only 28% of the voters supporting the revisions. It lost in every county.

    David Storobin's is correct that many liberal Democrats such as myself would support such a constitutional revision, but I don't see it happening with his Take No Prisoners style. A moderate voice is needed to build the necessary coalitions.

  10. Muriel Coudurier-Curveur says:

    Actually, female homosexuality isn't even against Jewish law. Just the male one. It seems unfair to males, but it is a reflection of its effect on the very small nation of Israel.
    Male homosexuals marrying each other, meant no reproduction.
    Females being married to the man chosen by Daddy, whether they liked it or not, could very well have a girlfriend on the side without affecting either the reproductive rate or the patriarchal structure of the Jewish society.
    This is verified by the recent rabbinical ruling about transsexual people's right to marry. They are free to marry a woman, but not a man.

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