The Democratic governor of New York will not allow federal judges to officially conduct marriage ceremonies because some of them might have been appointed by the president.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo used his executive powers to reject new legislation that would have allowed all federal judges across the nation to officiate at wedding ceremonies held across the Empire State.
“I cannot in good conscience support legislation that would authorize such actions by federal judges who are appointed by this federal administration,” the governor said in a statement according to Fox News.
He explained he was concerned that Donald Trump could have appointed multiple federal judges and did not want any of them officiating at weddings while at the same time claiming he was committed to anti-discrimination.
“President Trump does not embody who we are as New Yorkers,” Andrew Cuomo said. “The cornerstones that built our great state are diversity, tolerance, and inclusion. Based on these reasons, I must veto this bill.”
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Meanwhile, this decision means the only officials who can conduct the ceremonies include state judges, mayors, city clerks, local justices, clergy members, ordained citizens, and Cuomo himself. Some federal judges from the second circuit court of appeals and southern, eastern, northern and western districts may also preside over weddings.
The bill attracted overwhelming bipartisan support and had already passed the New York state Senate and Assembly according to CNN. However, Democratic state Sen. Liz Krueger appeared to be happy to back down and not make a “major issue” out of the governor’s decision to veto the bill.
“Four years ago we gave the governor the ability to perform marriages. Two years ago we gave legislators that ability … so when it was suggested to me that we expand it to federal judges, I thought, ‘Why not? The more the merrier!'” she said in a statement obtained by the broadcaster. “Since any New Yorker can become a minister online for $25 and legally perform weddings, I did not consider this to be a major issue.”
This is not the first time Andrew Cuomo raised eyebrows with his partisan approach to federal politics. In October he signed off on new rules that allow the state of New York to prosecute anyone who has already received a presidential pardon for the same offense.
The governor previously signed other legislation that empowered Congress to access Trump’s personal state tax returns even though the president formally voiced his objection.