Posted at: 07/19/2013 9:52 AM
By: Associated Press and News10NBC
New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is wielding the power of the state's $160 billion pension fund to urge President Barack Obama to order federal agencies in every state to recognize gay marriages performed in New York.
It could be a big push in DiNapoli's effort to get major companies that do business with the fund to adopt anti-discrimination measures in providing benefits for gay couples.
The U.S. Supreme Court earlier this month struck down parts of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The decision muddled the rights of gay couples married in New York who move to or work in states where gay marriage isn't legal.
DiNapoli will send his plea to Obama in a letter on Friday. He says recognizing gay marriages is just good business.
In Rochester, it will be the first Pride Weekend since the historic ruling. Mayor Tom Richards will kick off the event at 6 p.m. by raising the pride flag at City Hall.