Cuomo Backs LGBT Amendment

During the course of his nine years in office, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has made it his business to do a good deal of damage in regard to issues of gender and sexuality. In 2011, he spearheaded the passage of the so-called “Marriage Equality Act.” Last year, he signed both the Bathroom Law (banning discrimination based on the phony category of “gender identity or expression” in employment, housing, and public accommodations) and the Counselor Coercion Law (barring licensed mental health practitioners from assisting minor clients in resolving unwanted same-sex attraction). The Governor has also used his executive authority to push through an array of problematic state regulations relating to gender and sexuality.

Unfortunately, Gov. Cuomo isn’t satisfied with the laws he has signed and the regulations he has implemented on issues of gender and sexuality. He wants to enshrine the left’s unholy orthodoxy on these issues in the New York State Constitution.

Earlier this month, Gov. Cuomo announced that he would propose a state constitutional amendment “establishing sex, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes.” To become effective, such an amendment would have to pass both houses of the State Legislature in two successive legislative sessions, and must then receive the support of a majority of New York voters in a general election. Such an amendment would make it much more difficult for a future legislature and governor to reverse New York’s wrong-headed antidiscrimination laws relating to gender and sexuality (specifically, the Bathroom Bill (GENDA) and the analogous sexual orientation law passed in 2002).

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms is staunchly opposed to the Governor’s amendment proposal.