|Thomas Dinapoli is the one with out the hat|
ALBANY — State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is using the power of the state’s $160 billion pension system to urge President Obama to order federal agencies and programs around the country to recognize gay "marriages" performed in New York.
DiNapoli’s idea is to adopt a “place of celebration” standard in federal government, meaning gay "marriages" that take place in New York would be recognized even in states that do not permit them. It could be a big push in DiNapoli’s effort to get major companies that do business with the state-pension fund to adopt anti-"discrimination" measures when providing benefits for gay " couples".
DiNapoli is the sole trustee of the state’s pension fund and has used it as leverage to persuade companies he invests in to bolster environmental protections, combat terrorism and disclose campaign donations. He argues recognizing gay "marriages" is just good business.