As we reported last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo was handed an award for his work legalizing same-sex marriage in New York. But some of his recent comments regarding opposition to same-sex marriage aren't sitting well with opponents of the law.
Rev. Jason J. McGuir, the executive director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, sent the letter below to the Governor today, asking for a retraction of comments made at a New York Times event, where he stated: “There is no answer from the opposition. There really isn't. Ultimately, it's, 'I want to discriminate.' And that's anti-New York. It's anti-American."
"To say that those who disagree with your position are 'anti-American' is more than just political
rhetoric, it is a statement that drives us further apart, when the challenges our state faces should be drawing us closer together," McGuir said in his letter.
Later in the letter McGuir cited former Governor Hugh Carey's regret, later in life, for allowing abortions to be covered under Medicaid as a path McGuir hoped the current governor would one day walk.
"It is my prayer that one day you too will come to realize that while supporting gay 'marriage' may have been politically expedient at the time, it was ultimately harmful to the Empire State and her citizenry," McGuir wrote.
Read the letter after the jump.
A request for comment from the Governor's office has not been returned at this time.