Human Rights Campaign wants to honor Cuomo, and Cuomo takes a rain check

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Andrew Cuomo (Azi Paybarah via flickr)
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Barack Obama and Michael Bloomberg will be attending a Human Rights Campaign dinner in Washington tomorrow night, but Andrew Cuomo, the champion of the same-sex-marriage-legalization fight in New York, won't.

When I asked the H.R.C. yesterday whether Cuomo was going to figure into the proceedings at all, a spokesman told me that he was not going be at this event, but that both Cuomo and Bloomberg would be honored by the organization in the future.

According to a different source with knowledge of the event, Cuomo was invited, but declined, citing a previously scheduled family commitment.

Cuomo has reportedly not set foot outside New York State since he became governor, other than to pass through New Jersey on his way from the city to Albany.

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UPDATE: H.R.C. actually sent a letter to Cuomo formally offering to present him their National Ally for Equality Award. Now that Cuomo is not attending the event, the award is going to Bloomberg.