ALBANY, N.Y. (ChurchMilitant.com) - Governor Andrew Cuomo is going after businesses that object to homosexuality. In an announcement to the giant homosexual interest group the Human Rights Campaign at their annual gala in New York City, Cuomo said he would sign an executive order banning New York state agencies from doing business with companies which refuse services based on conscientious objection to homosexuality and so-called same-sex marriage.
Cuomo also said to the group of LGBT activists that "I can tell you that any school that refuses to protect transgender students will not receive a penny of state money and then they are out of business," speaking of the policy of the Trump administration rescinding the Obama transgender-bathroom mandate.
Archdiocese of New York official EdMechmann said about the move by Cuomo:
The Supreme Court saw clearly that our Constitution recognizes the fundamental human right to think and believe freely and that government cannot penalize persons or organizations solely because of their religious beliefs. The Court rejected the fundamentally totalitarian idea that all private entities must be forced into harmony with the government's ideology. The Supreme Court sees what Big Brother in Albany does not. The future of freedom in our state is not looking good.
Governor Cuomo has on numerous occasions expressed his desire to stamp out every religious freedom protection from the state of New York. In 2014, Cuomo said about pro-life and pro-family conservatives in a radio interview:
Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon and anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that's who they are, and they're the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that's not who New Yorkers are.
In 2016, Church Militant reported on Cuomo's move banning New York state-funded travel to North Carolina in reaction to North Carolina's law restricting bathroom use to the correct bathroom.
Cuomo also banned health insurance from covering reparative therapy for minors with unwanted same-sex attraction. "We will not allow the misguided and the intolerant to punish LGBT young people for simply being who they are."
Church Militant at the time reported that the New York bishops showed no sign of opposing the ban. Dennis Poust, speaking for the N.Y. State Catholic Conference of Bishops, said this about the bishops' approach to the measure:
In the past, bills have been introduced in the state legislature that would have banned insurance coverage for these therapies for minors. The Catholic conference has not taken a position on these bills, and we do not foresee taking a position on the governor's executive action in this regard either.
Andrew Cuomo is the son of former New York governor and fellow pro-abortion Mario Cuomo who held office from 1983–1994, who, as Church Militant has commented in the past, was a pioneer of the "personally against but" rationale used by pro-abortion Catholic politicians.
Andrew Cuomo was among the pro-abortion Democrats present at the 2015 Al Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, at which Cdl. Timothy Dolan was present to socialize with.