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New York Gov. Cuomo Blocks Trump-Appointed Judges from Performing Marriages

'It's hard to imagine a more petty, small action from a sitting governor,' said a Republican lawmaker in the Empire State

In case you were bored and were wondering just how political New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) could be — now you’ve got your answer.

He has decided to block federal judges from officiating at weddings merely because, well — because President Donald Trump appointed some of them.

You read that sentence correctly.

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Here is the wording of Cuomo’s veto of the hugely bipartisan New York state bill (it passed 61-1 in the state Senate and 144-2 in the state House and was sponsored by a Democrat).

The bill would have allowed all federal judges, including Trump-appointed jurists, to marry couples.

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“I cannot in good conscience support legislation that would authorize such actions by federal judges who are appointed by this federal administration. President Trump does not embody who we are as New Yorkers,” said Cuomo on Friday.

Cuomo also said, “The cornerstones that built our great state are diversity, tolerance and inclusion. Based on these reasons, I must veto this bill.”

This is akin in logic and a hold on reality to saying, “The cornerstones that built our great state are talking goats, large balls of twine, and digestion. Based on these reasons, I must visit my great aunt.”

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First of all, the nation is quite thankful that President Trump “does not embody” the spirit of Cuomo’s New York.

Hence why the president is a former New Yorker.

Secondly, New York and most other states in the Union were not built by “diversity, tolerance, and inclusion.”

The historical fact is 18th- and 19th-century individuals risked much to give their homes the great benefits of a free-market democracy.

They had scant time for intellectual piffle; instead, they founded the vast bulk of these states.

They get the credit for New York and for the rest of America.

The Left’s odious mixture of Orwellian newspeak and socialist agitprop had little or nothing to do with the founding of anything but modern departments of gender studies at low-rent halls of public education, in this analyst’s opinion.

This veto by the governor is a liberal leader’s sad attempt to grab some publicity, as he is left out of all the current action in D.C.

But if this is the strongest arrow he has in his quiver, he will remain the wannabe despot a majority of New Yorkers appear to like in their governor’s mansion.

Cuomo, by the way, is the politician who — when Trump moved his formal residence to Florida from New York just recently — noted the news with a terse, “Good riddance,” on Twitter.

The New York Post further explained Cuomo’s actions on the bill this way: “Under current New York law, all state judges can preside over weddings in their official capacity — as can the governor, mayors, former mayors, some city and deputy city clerks, local justices, clergy members and any member of the public ordained especially for the occasion.”

“But only certain federal judges in New York — from the second circuit court of appeals and Southern, Eastern, Northern and Western districts — are eligible to officially preside over the ceremonies. The bill would have expanded that to all New York federal judges, as well as those from out of state.”

“Cuomo took jabs from both sides of the political aisle over what critics called his petty partisanship.”

Here’s one of those jabs from a New York Republican: “It’s hard to imagine a more petty, small action from a sitting governor, but that’s Prince Andrew in a nutshell,’’ said Nick Langworthy, chair of the state Republican Party, as The Post also noted.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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