A lot of people are attributing David Weprin’s surprising defeat in the election to replace disgraced Congressman Anthony Weiner to his association with Barack Obama. The official spin is that Weprin, as a Democrat, carried a lot of negative baggage, particularly with a Jewish constituency that doesn’t much like the way Obama has treated Israel over the past two years.
Not so fast. There is definitely a Jewish angle here, but it’s not the one that the liberal media are attempting to push. David Weprin, an Orthodox Jew himself, was a strong and vocal supporter of same-sex marriage as a member of the New York State Assembly. Despite strong religious opposition to same sex marriage among both Orthodox (and some secular) Jews, Weprin openly lobbied for legalization.
At one point, he made a very Mario Cuomo-esque statement about religion in attempting to perhaps shame those members of his constituency who opposed the bill:
““My religion is very important to me personally, but this is not a religious issue…I think everyone here would agree that we should not be outlawing marriages between Jews and non-Jews or interracial marriages.”
It’s reminiscent of the Catholic Cuomo stating at Notre Dame (a school which apparently likes giving abortion-rights supporters a platform, including Obama) that he was personally against abortion but wouldn’t dare presume to impose his religious views on a secular society.
Obviously, David Weprin agrees with both Cuomo the father, and Cuomo the Governor son who pushed long, hard, and successfully for gay marriage. It is the principle that liberals have long espoused, that any time anyone is motivated by religion in any aspect of their public lives, they are violating the separation of church and state.
I agree that Weprin's a principled man. And now a principled, unemployed man.