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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo calls for same sex marriage vote

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NEW YORK – New York could vote within days on a bill making the state the sixth in the country to allow gay marriage, officials said.

Same-sex nups have previously failed to pass in New York but newly-elected Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo is championing the measure and on Tuesday submitted a bill extending full marital rights to couples regardless of gender.

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“From the fight for women’s suffrage to the struggle for civil rights, New Yorkers have been on the right side of history. But on the issue of marriage equality, our state has fallen behind,” Cuomo said in a statement.

Lawmakers break on Monday for a recess, meaning the showdown could come as early as this week.

If the law is passed, New York would join Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and the District of Columbia — home to the capital Washington — in allowing the controversial measure.

Cuomo is assured of support in the Democrat-controlled lower house but the state Senate turned down a similar attempt under his predecessor David Paterson in 2009.

The bill needs 32 votes in the 62-seat Senate to pass. So far, 30 senators have promised support.

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State Senator Jim Alesi, who until recently has been the only Republican backing the bill, told the Wall Street Journal: “I’m not only voting for the bill, I’m encouraging others who feel like they can to do it as well.”

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Trump plans to attack the ‘left wing mob’ in culture war tirade at Mount Rushmore: report

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On Friday evening, President Donald Trump will deliver a Fourth of July speech in front of Mount Rushmore. And according to ABC News reporter Will Steakin, the president plans to use the speech to engage in culture war saber-rattling, attacking the "left wing mob" for pushing to remove Confederate statues and other monuments that glorify racist aspects of American history.

Trump Rushmore speech will slam “left wing mob” trying to tear down “our history," campaign official briefed tells @ABC News

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‘Reprehensible’ cops fired for reenacting chokehold at memorial site: ‘A crime against humanity and decency’

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Four former police officers are out of work over "reprehensible" photos taken at a memorial site where a 23-year-old Black man was killed by police while walking home.

"Aurora’s interim police chief on Friday fired two of the three officers who posed for a photo last October reenacting a chokehold at the site of Elijah McClain’s violent arrest — the third officer already had resigned — and terminated another officer who received the photo," The Denver Post reported Friday. "That officer, Jason Rosenblatt, was one of the three officers involved in McClain’s death last summer."

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DC police union buried in mockery after accidentally revealing their own incompetence in stopping crime

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On Friday, the Twitter account for the Washington, D.C. police union posted statistics on a recent upswing in crime rates in the area — trying to imply that police accountability reforms in the wake of the George Floyd killing are preventing officers from doing their jobs.

YoY Crime Stats in DC 6/3 - 7/3

Homicide ⬆️28%Armed Robbery ⬆️33%Shootings ⬆️41%Burglary ⬆️45%Stolen Auto ⬆️45%

This is what ‘knee-jerk’ policies look like in your neighborhood.

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