State Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) stood with Emily Kadar of the Committee for a Pro-Choice New York PAC and Eleanor’s Legacy Executive Director Brette McSweeeney Tuesday to endorse state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) for re-election, as well as to denounce her rival in the Democratic primary, S.J. Jung for recent remarks against a woman’s right to an abortion and his stance to keep marriage equality out of textbooks.
“As Democrats, we pride ourselves in showing unwavering support for women and the LGBTQ community,” said Kim. “We don’t double down on hateful rhetoric that further marginalizes entire groups of Americans. As a blessed father of two young daughters, I am especially committed to my children growing up in a world where everyone has an equal chance to succeed, regardless of their gender, race, or sexual orientation. That is why today I am proudly standing with and supporting Sen. Toby Stavisky. We both share the same core values that make our Democratic Party the leading voice for all underserved members of society.”
Jung’s statement against abortion came at an Aug. 23 debate held at Flushing Library. The businessman turned political candidate told a crowd at a Korean church he held the belief that gay marriage should not be depicted in school textbooks.
When questioned about his stance on LGBTQ rights, he said it was a matter of “distinction not discrimination.”
City Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) also held a news conference which discussed the ramifications of Jung’s views on LGBTQ rights.
An Aug. 26 rally in Forest Hills also saw backlash for Jung’s views on abortion when a rally was staged by Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Flushing), Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria), Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills), Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) and District Leader Martha Flores-Vazquez, as well as various women’s organizations in Queens.