Democrat New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is eager to remind the nation that he hates the current president. In fact, he is so eager that he recently vetoed a bill proposed by members of his own party that would have allowed District Court and Federal Appeals Court judges to officiate marriages. Many of these same judges have been appointed by the Trump administration, and that’s a big problem for the governor.
Pontificating in front of the press, Governor Cuomo stated that he could not “in good conscience” support the proposed legislation because it would include “federal judges who are appointed by this federal administration.” He then stated that President Trump “does not embody who we are” and that, because New York was founded on diversity, tolerance, and inclusion, he had to veto the bill.
The veto astounded Democrats and Republicans alike. Democrat State Senator Liz Krueger, who introduced the bill, said that she does not see how the reasoning makes sense. She noted that while she does not agree with many of President Trump’s judicial appointments, she sees absolutely no benefit in banning them from officiating marriages. The legislator went on to note that she introduced the bill in the first place so a gay couple, who are friends of hers, wanted a particular Federal judge who is a friend of theirs to officiate their wedding.
However, it was GOP State Party Chairman Nick Langworthy who truly hit the nail on the head.
“It is hard to imagine a more petty, small action from a sitting governor,” he said.
After all, there is absolutely nothing controversial about marrying two consenting adults. The original bill passed the state Senate almost unanimously as Democrats and Republicans alike saw no harm in providing people in the state with additional marriage officiation options.
Granted, there are currently plenty of people who can marry two consenting adults in the state of New York. State law currently allows clergy, current and former mayors, members of the state legislature, the state governor, county executives, tribal officials, and even the leaders of the NY Society for Ethical Culture to officiate marriages.
As it stands, just about anyone can gain the right to officiate a marriage. It costs a mere $25 to become a minister in the state of New York. Sen. Krueger herself admits that she took this path to marry two people who met through her and who wanted her to be the one to officiate her marriage. At the same time, allowing people who become “fake ministers” for a day to officiate marriages while denying the same rights to sitting judges makes little sense. If the goal is to prevent people who believe a particular ideology from officiating important events, the veto makes no difference whatsoever.
In times past, both parties could agree on simple matters — such as allowing couples to choose a federal judge from another state to officiate their marriage. Sadly, that time is passing quickly as far-left activists such as Governor Andrew Cuomo use their influence to make life miserable for everyone in the name of maintaining an “inclusive, tolerant society.”
Denying out-of-state judges the right to officiate marriages won’t hurt a lot of people in the long run. After all, a federal judge who really wants to officiate a marriage can get around Gov. Cuomo’s veto by simply registering as a minister online. It isn’t hard for a judge to come by $25. However, it is disturbing that a sitting governor would stoop to such lows for the sole reason of dissing a political figure he doesn’t like.
The governor’s veto shows that, sadly, Trump Derangement Syndrome is alive and well going into 2020 — and not even federal judges are safe.