Critics of New York State’s recent bill legalizing same-sex marriage have been arguing that the State Senate violated its own procedural rules when they voted on it last month.
Most of their complaints are tenuous at best (yes the bill didn’t age for three days as required by rules, but that’s because Cuomo signed an “order of necessity” so, it’s legit). But the complaints give critics of the bill a foothold on the public perception battle over which side was acting on behalf of “the people.”
In an interview with the major Jewish news organization, Vos is Neias, Democratic congressional candidate David Weprin agreed with the outlet’s assertion that that some violations may have taken place in the State Senate and that the matter deserved some type of investigation.
Weprin is running in the 9th congressional district, where there is a sizable Orthodox Jewish constituency which opposes same-sex marriage. His opponent, Republican businessman Bob Turner, has already called attention to this issue.
Alleged improprieties raised by Vos is Neias around the 6-minute mark in this video include: violating the state’s open meeting laws — which is patently not true –, that opposing senators were denied the chance to debate the bill, that it wasn’t sent to the property committee before the vote, campaign contributions were offered in exchange for votes.
Weprin, who voted for the bill as a member of the Assembly, said:
“I am too particularly concerned about procedural violations, if they were done. The violations that you refer to actually occurred in the other house, in the State Senate, not in the State Assembly. And I think there should be investigations and I think the process should be looked into I think from all sides point of view, people have to feel that there was a fair process, that the vote took place without coercion. Similar to when you’re in a court of law, you have to state that you’re taking a position or any kind of plea in any kind of criminal case without any threat of coercion or any undue influence. So there is no question I would be open to any kind of, you know, investigation, looking into procedural issues.”
Weprin went on to defend his vote noting it defended “religious organizations from being sued for not willing to perform same-sex marriages as well as adoption agencies that felt it violated their religious beliefs.”
When asked if he’d support a public referendum on the issue — the interviewer said “This wasn’t done by the people. This was done by the representatives.” Weprin said “you could technically make that argument about a lot of pieces of legislation” and that it is actually an “old argument.”