New York - Hikind: I'll Nix Weprin Over Gay Marriage
New York - A prominent Orthodox Jewish Democratic lawmaker says he won’t back fellow Dem David Weprin’s candidacy—and hinted he’ll even cross party lines to endorse Republican Bob Turner in the Sept. 13 special election to replace disgraced ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner.
“I will not support David Weprin,” said Brooklyn state Assemblyman Dov Hikind, particularly objecting to Weprin’s outspoken support of gay marriage.
Weprin and Hikind serve together in the Assembly. And Weprin, like Hikind, is an Orthodox Jew.
Hikind, who represents neighborhoods on the Brooklyn side of the Queens-Brooklyn congressional district, criticized Weprin for citing his religion in voting for the gay-marriage law in June.
“Weprin basically used his Jewish orthodoxy to say gay marriage is OK. He used his orthodoxy to say gay marriage is kosher. That crossed the line,” Hikind said.
Hikind stopped short of endorsing Turner—who opposes gay marriage—but said he’ll be meeting with the candidate again in the coming days.
Hikind made his comments on his weekly Radio show this past weekend, hear below.
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