Cuomo blocks Trump nominated judges from officiating weddings
New York's Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo has put his foot down on a bipartisan bill that was supposed to let all federal judges officiate a wedding, but he vetoed it because some of those judges might be Trump nominees.
Cuomo did not want any judges nominated by President Donald Trump to officiate weddings, which has more of an affect on the judges and the people who seek marriage, than it does on the Trump administration. Even more notable is that this bill legislation was sponsored by Cuomo's fellow Democrat, State Senator Liz Krueger, and passed both the Senate and state Assembly by overwhelming numbers.
It's a bit odd that this was Cuomo's reasoning, but that's how it went down according to Allan Smith of NBC News:
"I cannot in good conscience support legislation that would authorize such actions by federal judges who are appointed by this federal administration," Cuomo's veto message stated.
"President Trump does not embody who we are as New Yorkers," the Democratic governor added Friday. "The cornerstones that built our great state are diversity, tolerance and inclusion. Based on these reasons, I must veto this bill."
The legislation, sponsored by Democratic state Sen. Liz Krueger, passed the state Senate by a 61-to-1 vote. It passed the state Assembly by a 144-to-2 tally. Both the state Senate and the Assembly are under Democratic control.
Under the current laws in New York, all state judges have the ability to "preside over wedding ceremonies, although only certain federal judges — like those in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals and those at each of the state's federal district courts — are eligible to preside over weddings."
The bill proposed would have allowed all federal judges to officiate the weddings, even those who are from outside of the state.
"Four years ago, we gave the governor the ability to perform marriages," Krueger said in a statement. "Two years ago, we gave legislators that ability. Marriage in New York is inclusive, equal, and open to all who want it. So when it was suggested to me that we expand it to federal judges, I thought, 'Why not? The more the merrier!' I'm certainly no fan of the judges this president is choosing to appoint — but since any New Yorker can become a minister online for $25 and legally perform weddings, I didn't consider this to be a major issue."
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Smith's report shows that Trump has almost 190 judges and 1 in every 4 circuit court judges.
Smith stated that the White House declined comment and Cuomo both did not respond to the request by NBC News.
Many readers may point out that weddings and politics aren't exactly a mix and it doesn't make much sense for Cuomo to veto a bipartisan bill that simply allows judges, no matter what party they support, to officiate the wedding of two people on one of their best days of their lives.
It's a veto by Cuomo that appears to have no good intentions other than lashing out at the Trump administration, even though it affects the judges and those wanting to be married more than anyone.
So really, what was the point of Cuomo doing this?