The New York State Assembly voted today in the Senate to pass legislation which would make New York the 6th state in the country to recognize gay marriage. The legislation will become law in 30 days,
after the signature of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Gov. Cuomo has pledged his support and stated previously he would sign the legislation into law. following the signing of the bill by Gov. Cuomo. In a matter of hours the final vote was cast and the bill landed on the desk of the Democrat Cuomo.
The vote comes a week after the New York House approved the measure. A key amendment was made to protect religious exemptions. The amendment was pivotal to the passage of the bill as undecided Republican Senator, Stephen Saland, decided to support the measure.
A recent New York Daily News article estimated roughly $184 million would be pumped into the New York economy as a result of the legalizing of gay marriage.
For more here is the link to the full Huffington Post story.
New York’s 9th Congressional District will be searching for a new voice today. Embattled Congressman, Anthony Weiner, held a press conference today to announce his resignation saying, “I had hoped to be able to continue the work that the citizens of my district elected me to do, to fight for the middle class and those struggling to make it. But unfortunately the distraction that I have created has made that impossible.”
Weiner had been under pressure from colleagues in Congress to step down after it was discovered he used his Twitter account to interact with a minor while sending multiple lewd photographs of himself.
Anthony Weiner announced his resignation today weeks after lewd photos of him were leaked online. (photo: journeypost.co.cc)
Weiner has been a popular figure among progressives for his fiery personality and strong support of health care reform. Weiner is best remembered for his constant battles against House Republicans. There has been no news out of New York as to when a special election would take place.
Earlier this week President Obama joined the calls for Weiner’s resignation saying, “I can tell you that if it was me, I would resign.”
Weiner is married to Huma Abedin, an aide for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
We’ll have more as news comes in.