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New senator: Repeal same-sex marriage law

In office less than two weeks, Sen. David Storobin (R-Brooklyn) has had time to introduce three pieces of legislation.

One would repeal New York’s same-sex marriage law.

Storobin, who scored an upset victory in a heavily Democratic district in a special election this spring, calls the bill the “The New York State Defense of Marriage Act” and says it “will acknowledge marriage as being the bedrock of our civil society and defined as being between one man and one woman.”

“The government has thrust upon the people of this state a definition of marriage that violates their religious and personal moral beliefs,” Storobin said in a memo to support the bill. “This bill intends to reinstate the true definition of marriage by repealing the state's definition of marriage as being between two persons and specifying that it be between one man and one woman.”

Storobin’s bill is mostly symbolic because, at this point, it has no chance of being enacted. With Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s strong backing, New York in 2011 became the most populous state to legalizing same-sex marriage.

Storobin’s two other bills are more pedestrian; one would create a bike path, the other would reimburse school districts for certain expenses.



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