The Rev. Jason McGuire, executive director of the conservative New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, wants an apology from Gov. Andrew Cuomo because of some of the comments the governor made this month about people who oppose same-sex marriage. The governor was quoted in Gay City News as saying the following at a New York Times-sponsored forum:
“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,” Cuomo was quoted as saying.
Cuomo pushed for and ultimately was able to secure enough votes for the controversial legislation to pass in the Senate in June. The law took effect in July.
McGuire said he was offended by the comments. ”It is one thing to disagree on an issue of public policy, but it is quite another to question the patriotism of 150 million (or more) Americans,” he said in a statement.
The governor should apologize for his remarks, McGuire said.
“It is not a bigoted statement to say that children need a mother and a father,” he wrote in a letter to Cuomo today. “I contend that many of the issues our state is struggling with can be traced back to absentee fathers, a general lack of parental involvement and the breakdown of the family: low graduation rates, out-of-wedlock births, runaway welfare and Medicaid costs, even the spread of sexually-transmitted diseases.”
There was no immediate response to a request for comment from the governor’s office.
This is the full text of McGuire’s letter: