Bloomberg administers gay marriage; hundreds exchange vows

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Published July 24, 2011

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NEW YORK — In a move that is likely to have far-reaching socio-political implications across the United States, the country’s most populous city of New York welcomed on Sunday hundreds of same-sex couples, who exchanged vows on the first day that gay marriage is legal here.

New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, one of the top politicians supporting gay rights, presided over the wedding of his chief policy adviser John Feinblatt and his Commissioner of Consumer Affairs Jonathan Mintz at the Gracie Mansion, the official residence of the mayor.

“Today in the city and in the state, history takes an important step forward by allowing every person to participate,” Bloomberg said during the Sunday evening ceremony.

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Geithner staying in office for now; warns of debt ceiling impasse

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July 01, 2011

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CHICAGO — U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Thursday he is keeping his post for the “foreseeable future,” telling an audience in Chicago that he wants to continue helping President Obama solve the country’s economic woes, on top of which is the budget negotiation that would raise the debt ceiling and prevent the country from defaulting.

“I live for this work. It’s the only thing I’ve ever done. I believe in it. We have lots of challenges in the country, I’m going to do it for the foreseeable future,” Geithner said when asked by former U.S. President Bill Clinton. Clinton hosted a two-day economic summit here.

Earlier, Bloomberg News reported that Geithner will resign as soon as the Obama administration and Congress reach a deal on raising the U.S. debt ceiling.

“People are worried, or interested, because you know, I have a family. My son’s going back to New York to finish high school and I’ve been commuting for a while, but I’m gonna be doing this for the foreseeable future,” Geithner said.

Speaking about the contentious issue that’s dominating Washington D.C., Geithner urged Republican lawmakers to reach an agreement with President Obama to raise the debt ceiling, warning that failure to do so would be catastrophic to the American economy.

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