New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently vetoed a bill that would have allowed all federal judges to officiate at weddings in New York… because of the possibility that a few of the jurists might have been appointed by President Trump. Cuomo said of the bill that was passed by an overwhelming majority in the Democratic-controlled state legislature: “I cannot in good conscience support legislation that would authorize such actions by federal judges who are appointed by this federal administration. 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.”
Currently, all state judges are allowed to preside over weddings, as can the governor himself, mayors, and even deputy city clerks, in addition to members of the clergy and any member of the public specifically ordained for the occasion. Yet only certain federal judges are eligible to preside over wedding ceremonies. The bill Cuomo quashed would have expanded eligibility to all New York federal judges, as well as those from out of state.
The governor apparently has the temperament of a toddler in his “terrible twos,” petulantly refusing to permit even the possibility of a Trump appointee helping to see a couple through to wedded bliss. His action was truly petty, close-minded, mean-spirited, mind-blowing… his stated reason for it spectacularly hypocritical, illogical. In order to uphold the Empire State’s supposed values of “diversity, tolerance, and inclusion,” he commits an act so intolerant it will mandate the exclusion of many judges from around the country and anyone who doesn’t think like the governor himself… from officiating a wedding!
What’s next for Gov. Bozo? Will he ban firemen who speak well of Trump from fighting fires and getting cats down from trees?