Judge: NY Governor Trampled Law in Rush to Redefine Marriage


William C. Duncan at National Review's The Corner blog on yesterday's decision [PDF] in New York where the judge notes how Governor Cuomo was guilty of "arm-twisting" the New York legislature:

Even though the court concluded it was powerless to redress the illegality in the governor’s actions, the judge still had some strong things to say about the purported legislative emergency. Of the reason the governor gave for immediate action (that “marriage equality” had been denied too long), the court said: “Logically and clearly this cite by the Governor is disingenuous. The review of such concept altering legislation for three days after generations of existing definitions would not so damage same sex couples as to necessitate an avoidance of rules meant to ensure full review and discussion prior to any vote.” The court further noted: “It is ironic that much of the State’s brief passionately spews sanctimonious verbiage on the separation of powers in the governmental branches, and clear arm-twisting by the Executive on the Legislative permeates this entire process.”

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