New York Governor Andrew Cuomo slapped a veto on a bipartisan effort by lawmakers that are allowing federal judges in the state of NY to issue marriage licenses.
Cuomo vetoed the bill on Friday, 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, The Hill reported.
“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.