Latest News July 30, 2014

The week of September 12th was a huge week for marriage. By now you’ve probably read the headlines that Democrat David Weprin was defeated and Republican Bob Turner elected in New York’s 9th Congressional District. This is an amazing victory because the marriage issue was front and center and became a major factor in the outcome of the race. Turner becomes the first Republican to hold this seat since the early 1920s!

New Hampshire’s legislature also voted to repeal same-sex marriage and North Carolina’s elected officials have successfully placed a marriage amendment on their ballot to be voted on next year- defining marriage as between a man and a woman. These marriage successes underscore the fact that New Yorkers are being denied the right to vote.

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New York

Time

"In an area that includes large pockets of conservative Orthodox Jews, the 55-year-old Weprin — who is himself Orthodox — was hurt by his vote in favor of New York’s gay-marriage law."

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National Review

"The Turner campaign’s success in garnering Jewish votes was, no doubt, aided by the conservative instincts of the Russian and Orthodox communities, many of whose members were angered by Weprin’s New York Assembly vote to legalize same-sex marriage..."

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Politico.com

"The socially conservative [National Organization for Marriage] helped to sow unrest with Weprin and Orthodox Jewish Democrats over his support for same-sex marriage."

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The New Republic

"The district has a large Catholic and orthodox Jewish population, which makes issues like same-sex marriage (which Weprin voted in favor of it as a New York state assemblyman) [...] hot button issues."

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The Jewish Week

"As he left P.S. 255 on Avenue S in Midwood, Brooklyn, Tuesday morning, Albert Tebele said he voted against Democrat David Weprin because of the candidate’s vote in the state Assembly to allow gay marriage in New York."

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The Wall Street Journal

"...Some conservative Jewish groups attacked Mr. Weprin, a state legislator, over his vote earlier this year in favor of gay marriage."

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Fox News

"There was also the fact that Democrat David Weprin was a proponent of a new law allowing same-sex marriage in New York."

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The Nation

"Brooklyn’s orthodox power broker Democratic Assemblyman Dov Hikind cited as his main reason for endorsing Turner [...] Weprin’s support for gay marriage."

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Reuters

"The National Organization for Marriage said in a statement that voters has been unhappy with Weprin's vote to approve gay marriage in New York state."

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New Hampshire

Reuters

"…lawmakers in New Hampshire, one of only six states that allow same-sex marriage, moved on Wednesday to repeal the state law allowing gay nuptials."

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Nashua Telegraph

"A group of state legislators endorsed a bill Wednesday to repeal the same-sex marriage law and replace it with civil unions for gay and lesbian couples."

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North Carolina

Watauga Democrat

"It's up to North Carolina voters to decide on a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage. This comes after both the state House (76-41) and Senate (30-16) passed a bill Monday and Tuesday aimed at putting the issue on ballots."

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The Macon County News

"…the North Carolina General Assembly on Monday the House voted to approve a proposed amendment (Senate Bill 514) to the state constitution that would ban same-sex marriage as well as ban the recognition of any civil union. By passing the bill, supporters rallied that the general public will be able to vote on the amendment and decide for themselves whether or not they want to change the constitution."

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