New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has vetoed a bipartisan push by state lawmakers to allow federal judges in the state to grant marriage licenses, citing controversy surrounding President Trump and his judicial nominations.
Cuomo on Friday moved to veto the bill, which would have allowed district court judges and federal appeals court judges to perform marriage services, while explaining that he could not give more power to judges appointed under the Trump administration.
“I cannot in good conscience support legislation that would authorize such actions by federal judges who are appointed by this federal administration,” he wrote in a memo obtained by The New York Times, adding, “President Trump does not embody who we are as New Yorkers.”
State Sen. Liz Krueger (D), the bill’s sponsor, said the governor’s logic, even if well meaning, did not make sense.
“This is the least substantive or controversial bill I have ever introduced,” she told the Times. “I did not think the reasoning made sense.”
State Republicans blasted Cuomo’s decision, deriding him as a monarch attempting to rebuke his political enemies with petty acts.
“It’s hard to imagine a more petty, small action from a sitting governor, but that’s Prince Andrew in a nutshell,” Nick Langworthy, the state GOP chairman, told the Times.