Andrew Cuomo just doesn’t seem to be able to make up his mind. Last year, he announced that extreme conservative Republicans were not welcome in his state, New York. Just days ago, he issued a travel ban on all non-essential government travel to Indiana in protest of that state’s religious freedom law. Now Cuomo has reversed his initial stance again, claiming that “Everyone is welcome in New York.” And to prove his sincerity, he is handing out free pins with that message.
In a post on his Facebook page, he explains the campaign:
Equality is our priority here in New York – and we are proud to show it. We here at the New York Democratic [sic] are proud to support LGBT equality.
The exercise of religious freedom is not a justification for discrimination based upon sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, or other protected classes. Period.
Everyone is welcome in New York. Show your support by signing up and we will send you an “Everyone is Welcome” button that you can wear with pride.
Despite Cuomo’s pandering, it should be noted that Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act is modeled after a bill that his buddy Chuck Schumer sponsored in 1993, and another bill that Democrats pushed hard for in 2007 under the sponsorship of now-indicted Sheldon Silver.
As for the “Everyone’s welcome” campaign, you get the sense that some groups are more welcome than others. After all, conservatives aren’t members of a protected class (ugh, that phrase).
Never mind, though – they’re giving out free buttons!
Cross-posted at the Mental Recession