Cuomo Checks Another Box Off The LGBT Wishlist

It seems that Gov. Andrew Cuomo wishes to check every possible box on the wish list of LGBT activists.

Same-sex “marriage?” Check. Gov. Cuomo pushed a marriage redefinition bill through the State Legislature in 2011, four years before the Supreme Court issued its constitutionally and morally baseless decision in Obergefell v. Hodges.

“Transgender” use of opposite-sex facilities in public places? Check. Gov. Cuomo hasn’t been able to get the “Bathroom Bill” passed, but he took executive action in January 2016 to implement many of its provisions.

A ban on reparative therapy for minor clients with unwanted same-sex attraction? Not quite. The Counselor Coercion Bill hasn’t become law, but Gov. Cuomo did take executive action in 2016 to ban insurance coverage for minor clients receiving such therapy.

Appoint an openly homosexual judge to the New York Court of Appeals? Check. Gov. Cuomo appointed Judge Paul Feinman to New York’s highest court in 2017.

Unfortunately, the Governor isn’t finished.

Earlier this month, Gov. Cuomo signed an executive order declaring that “New York State’s government will not do business with entities that promote or tolerate discrimination or infringement on the civil rights and liberties of New Yorkers…” The Governor’s Order further stated that this policy “shall be observed with respect to, but shall not be limited to, the provision of public goods, services, and accommodations, the educational environment, the workplace, and the provision of health care and insurance services.” Gov. Cuomo further decreed that state agencies create guidelines for the implementation of his Order by May 1 of this year. In response to the Governor’s announcement, the misleadingly-named Human Rights Campaign—a leading LGBT voice in Washington—applauded the Governor for “‘once again leading by example to help protect LGBTQ workers’” and for his “‘continued commitment to accelerating progress toward full LGBTQ equality.’”

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms is alarmed at the provisions of the Governor’s Order. Its antidiscrimination language is largely aimed at organizations that might practice “discrimination” based upon “sexual orientation” and “gender identity”—in other words, Christian organizations. The Order has the potential to have a negative impact upon Christian schools, Christian businesses, faith-based hospitals, and faith-based charities that do business with the State. As always, we will do everything in our power to block the Governor’s latest assault on Christians and Christian values.