It is quite normal for lawmakers to vote according to their party on specific issues. For example, when it comes to topics such as abortion or more open borders, Democrats tend to vote in favor, while conservatives typically vote against them. However, a good many bills or introduced legislations make sense for both sides and, therefore, get bipartisan support.
Such was the case of a recent bill introduced in the state of New York. The legislation would allow all federal judges, even those not located in New York, to perform marriage ceremonies within the state.
It seems rather harmless, right? After all, both parties, as well as all citizens of New York, could benefit from it.
So why then did Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo deny and veto the bill?
Well, it merely comes down to his absolute and unrelenting hatred for all things Trump. And he even said as much in his explanation, claiming that because some of these judges were nominated by President Trump himself, he could not trust them.
He said, according to The New York Post, “I cannot in good conscience support legislation that would authorize such actions by federal judges who are appointed by this federal administration.”
Cuomo continued, saying, “President Trump does not embody who we are as New Yorkers. The cornerstones that built our great state are diversity, tolerance, and inclusion. Based on these reasons, I must veto this bill.”
The Post article made sure to note that currently in the state of New York, there are several types of people who can officiate weddings, including all state-level judges, current and former mayors, some city clerks, members of the clergy, local justices, the governor himself, and basically any citizens who get ordained as such.
Some federal judges are included in this too. Those from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the four federal districts of the state can also preside over marriage ceremonies. This new law would have simply allowed that all federal judges be given this authority, as they have in several other states.
It was thought that the bill would go through without a hitch. Both state chambers in Albany, which are Democratically led, passed the bill. The state Senate by a 61-1 vote and the state Assembly by a vote of 144-2. So to say it was a substantial bipartisan success is a definite understatement.
The bill’s sponsor, Democratic state Senator Liz Krueger, said that the law should have been a “no-brainer.” But apparently, Cuomo didn’t think so.
Krueger said, “Four years ago, we gave the governor the ability to perform marriages. Two years ago, we gave legislators that ability. So when it was suggested to me that we expand it to federal judges, I thought, ‘Why not? The more the merrier!’” She continued, “I’m certainly no fan of the judges this president is choosing to appoint, but since any New Yorker can become a minister online for $25 and legally perform weddings, I didn’t consider this to be a major issue.”
And, in fact, it shouldn’t be.
But don’t take just my word for it, or Krueger’s for that matter.
The chairman of the state Republican Party Nick Langworthy also has a problem with Cuomo’s deranged decision.
He said, “It’s hard to imagine a more petty, small action from a sitting governor, but that’s Prince Andrew in a nutshell.”
And the Dutchess County executive and previous gubernatorial challenger to Cuomo Marc Molinaro had similar thoughts. He stated that the veto of the legislation was “absurd” and pointed out that “couples a and do make the decision about who should officiate their most special day themselves.”
And he added, “My gosh, this state allows about any official to be a marriage officer. Why should a federal judge not have the same ability?”
The point these lawmakers are trying to make is that there is no question as to whether or not federal judges are qualified for performing such tasks, especially since some are already allowed. No, what this is a clear petty move by a jealous school girl. Cuomo doesn’t like Trump, and so he is going to do everything in his power, no matter how pointless it is or how much sense it doesn’t make, to spurn Trump at every turn.
For a man who claims to the very picture of purity and impartialness, he sure knows how to show it, huh?