In a Facebook post, New York Governor
Andrew Cuomo vowed to protect minorities and the LGBT community
following the election of Donald Trump.
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“The state of New York has a proud
legacy as the progressive capital of the nation, and that is more
important today than ever before,” wrote
Cuomo, a Democrat.
“As New Yorkers, we have
fundamentally different philosophies than what Donald Trump laid out
in his campaign.”
“So let me be absolutely clear: If
anyone feels that they are under attack, I want them to know that the
state of New York – the state that has the Statue of Liberty in its
harbor – is their refuge.”
“Whether you are gay or straight,
Muslim or Christian, rich or poor, black or white or brown, we
respect all people in the state of New York.”
Cuomo pointed out that New York was the
state that raised the minimum wage to $15, passed Paid Family Leave, and
approved marriage equality legislatively.
“We are New York, and we will stand
up for you. And on that, I will never compromise,” he concluded.
“Count on it.”