Gov. Cuomo Vetoes Bill To Let Judges Officiate Weddings, Blames Trump

Tom Gantert

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo vetoed legislation to allow federal judges to officiate weddings and blamed President Trump.

Albany, NY – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is facing criticism from both sides of the political aisle after he vetoed a bill to allow federal judges to officiate weddings in his state because some of them were appointed by President Donald Trump.

Many lawmakers considered the bipartisan legislation to be a formality.

“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!’” Democratic State Senator Liz Krueger told the New York Post.

“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,” Krueger said.

Current New York law allows all state judges to preside over weddings in their official capacity, according to the New York Post.

The governor, mayors, former mayors, some city and deputy city clerks, local justices, and members of the clergy may also preside over weddings.

But only certain federal judges in New York can officiate a wedding.

Federal judges from the second circuit court of appeals and the Southern, Eastern, Northern and Western districts can marry people in the state, the New York Post reported.

"I cannot in good conscience support legislation that would authorize such actions by federal judges who are appointed by this federal administration," Cuomo said when he vetoed the bill that had passed through both side of the state house with bipartisan support.

"President Trump does not embody who we are as New Yorkers,” Cuomo continued in a statement. “The cornerstones that built our great state are diversity, tolerance, and inclusion. Based on these reasons, I must veto this bill."

Albany Law School Professor Vincent Bonventre, who has supported the governor in the past, called Cuomo’s reason for the veto “utterly unpersuasive,” according to the New York Post.

“It’s hard to imagine a more petty, small action from a sitting governor, but that’s Prince Andrew in a nutshell,’’ New York State Republican Party Chairman Nick Langworthy said.

Comments (20)
Aonochikara
Aonochikara

This is incredibly petty...

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Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Everyone loves a wedding - Liberals, conservatives, whomever.

Cuomo's reasoning makes no sense. There is no reason to politicize matrimony. Society should in general encourage matrimony, and judges seem uniquely qualified to officiate such legally-binding arrangements.

VicG
VicG

He's an idiot, plain and simple...

RunCop
RunCop

What a piece of fuck.

gfc1963
gfc1963

Is he going to take his football home as well?? What a sad pathetic muppet.

Turk182
Turk182

Even though Cuomo and his brother Fredo have been exposed for who they are this is confirmation. So much for your diversity, tolerance and inclusion there Fredo's big brother!! Turds will be turds.

Anomie88
Anomie88

Another do-nothing political wretch trying to push an agenda.

bob95648
bob95648

Thank you, Governor Cuomo, for taking some of the stupid away from California.

tfort
tfort

Why is this news?

Raymelson
Raymelson

Cuomo is destroying the great st of new York an why the people elected this P,O,S IS BEYOND REASON

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

of course it's all Trump's fault that the idiot governor of New York vetos a bipartisan bill to allow federal judges to officiate weddings.... the trump derangement syndrome is strong with idiot liberals from that state.

Justiceforallalways
Justiceforallalways

The party of inclusion and tolerance.... NOT! The party of neo-fascism that declares anyone who may think differently to be deplorable. Hope Trump stacks those New York Federal Courts.

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

Hey you new york..u elected this bozo..and other leftwing nuts..so don't complain..instead stop voting these libnuts into office


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