New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has seen his dreams of being President in 2016 fade away, like the waning career of his live-in girlfriend, Food Network’s Sandra Lee, but he’s not about to give up his quest to be a progressive hero.
Responding to the outcry over Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Cuomo is bravely banning all non-essential state-sponsored travel to Indiana, in the hopes that preventing possibly twelve New Yorkers from interacting with the government of a midwestern state will somehow convince Indiana Gov. Mike Pence that he has sided, somehow, with anti-gay bigots. Before Indiana can be thoroughly relieved that it will get a short but well-earned break from New York, they will first have to read through Cuomo’s strongly worded letter admonishing their “legally sanctioned discrimination” and whatnot.
“Today, I direct all agencies, departments, boards and commissions to immediately review all requests for state funded or state sponsored travel to the State of Indiana and to bar any such publicly funded travel that is not essential to the enforcement of state law or public health and safety. The ban on publicly funded travel shall take effect immediately.
“New York State has been, and will continue to be, a leader in ensuring that all LGBT persons enjoy full and equal civil rights. With this action, we stand by our LGBT family members, friends and colleagues to ensure that their rights are respected.”
Cuomo is lucky, in a sense, as New York, unlike Connecticut and 19 other states, has yet to pass its own Religious Freedom Restoration Act, so he’s not being entirely hypocritical…at least not until you scratch the surface.
You see, Andrew Cuomo, the champion of LGBT rights, the defender of equality and civil rights in every corner of the globe, the man who is sickened by the very thought that a same sex couple may not get to force a Christian bakery to make a cake for their gay wedding, the man who cannot bear to think of a world where gays and lesbians do not enjoy the same privileges as their straight bretheren is our trade ambassador to Cuba, and next month, Andrew Cuomo will be leading a trade delegation, on the New York taxpayers’ dime, to Havana, where he will help to foment an ongoing relationship between Cuba’s repressive regime and the US government, and specifically the state of New York.
And while Indiana might, in Cuomo’s eyes, be well on its way to discriminating against people based on sexual orientation, Indiana is going to have to go a long way to catch up to how Cuba treats its gender minorities – as well as pretty much all of its other minorities.
So, in case you’re keeping score, Andrew Cuomo is not okay with a Religious Freedom Restoration Act, but totally cool with a regime that jails and tortures dissidents of any kind. Okay. Got it.
[via The Mental Recession]
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