Gov. Andrew Cuomo has laid out his priorities for the remainder of the state legislative session, which is scheduled to end on June 19. As usual, the Governor’s priorities are questionable at best. However, his words offer some encouraging signs for Christian New Yorkers.
On May 28, Gov. Cuomo stated that his end-of-session priorities include legalizing paid surrogacy, legalizing recreational marijuana, allowing illegal immigrants to obtain driver licenses, strengthening rent control, passing an equal rights amendment, and cracking down on sexual harassment.
New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms continues to strongly oppose paid surrogacy and recreational marijuana. Each measure ostensibly promotes social justice, but actually serves the interests of the wealthy. Paid surrogacy endangers the health of egg donors and treats children like consumer products so that the fertility industry can enrich itself and well-to-do couples can rent wombs. Recreational marijuana provides greater access to a dangerous drug so that marijuana companies can expand their markets into the Empire State.
Significantly, the Governor also stated that he believed that legalizing physician-assisted suicide would be “‘a bridge too far for this session.’” This is a good sign; it means that the Governor is unwilling to use political capital to pass a physician-assisted suicide bill this year. However, the waning days of the legislative session in Albany can be unpredictable. Christian New Yorkers should not rest on our laurels; rather, we should continue to speak out against physician-assisted suicide until the Legislature has gone home for the summer.
Finally, Gov. Cuomo did not include sports gambling expansion on his list of priorities. Instead, he stated that the passage of that measure was merely “possible.” That, too, is good news.