Cuomo vetoes bill on Trump grounds
Dec 23, 2019 12:47 am
Bernadette Hogan reports in the New York Post that Gov. Andrew Cuomo vetoed a bill Dec. 20 that would have allowed any federal judge to officiate weddings in New York. Cuomo said he vetoed the bill because it would allow President Trump's appointees to the federal bench to officiate weddings in New York. “I cannot in good conscience support legislation that would authorize such actions by federal judges who are appointed by this federal administration,” Cuomo said in a statement. “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.” Earlier this year the state Assembly passed the bill 148-to-2, while the Senate approved it 61-to-1. Both chambers are led by Democrats. Republican Marc Molinaro, who lost to Cuomo for governor last year and is the current Dutchess County executive, called the veto “absurd.... Couples can and do make the decision about who should officiate their most special day themselves.... My gosh, this state allows about any official to be a marriage officer." A person in New York, except for federal judges, can get a license to marry online. Albany Law School Professor Vincent Bonventre said that the governor’s stated reason for his veto “is utterly unpersuasive.” Read more about this story in the New York Post.