Cuomo blocks bill allowing federal judges to grant marriage licenses, blaming Trump

Cuomo blocks bill allowing federal judges to grant marriage licenses, blaming Trump
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New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoCuomo calls on wealthy to return to New York City: 'You got to come back!' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Key 48 hours loom as negotiators push for relief deal Cuomo to serve as National Association of Governors chair MORE (D) has vetoed a bipartisan push by state lawmakers to allow federal judges in the state to grant marriage licenses, citing controversy surrounding President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Coronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Ohio governor tests negative in second coronavirus test MORE 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.