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.
WAMC news intern Eric Krupke reports from Washington D.C. on the same-sex marriage debate taking place in the Supreme Court.
Hundreds gathered on the steps of the Supreme Court to show their support for Edie Windsor, the plaintiff in a case challenging the federal government's Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA.
Nine states and the District of Columbia currently recognize same sex marriage, but DOMA prohibits same sex couples in these states from receiving certain benefits federal government grants to opposite sex married couples.
Supporters of gay rights participated in vigils and rallies held in cities across the country on the eve of the Supreme Court hearing arguments in two same-sex marriage cases.
While about 50 people gathered around the front steps of the Federal Court House in Springfield to cheer and applaud speakers, Charlie Rogers stood like a sentinel on the curb facing oncoming traffic on State Street. He held a hand-painted sign reading “Overturn DOMA”