In June 2015, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation allowing governors and former governors of New York to officiate at wedding ceremonies. Three-and-a-half years later, he signed another bill allowing state legislators to do the same.
On December 20, 2019, Gov. Cuomo vetoed a bill that would have allowed federal judges to officiate at wedding ceremonies. The Governor explained his veto as follows: “‘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.’’
Only three members of the state legislature had voted against the bill. Sen. Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan), known as a very liberal legislator, sponsored the bill in the Senate. Sen. Krueger was perplexed by the Governor’s action; according to the Senator, the bill was the least controversial bill she had introduced in her career. Sen. Krueger added that she did not think that the Governor’s reasoning “‘made sense.’”
At New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, we don’t agree with Sen. Krueger very often. However, we agree with her completely about this. There is simply no excuse for allowing rank partisanship to block the passage of a non-controversial, bipartisan bill.