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New York is the 11th U.S. state, admitted to the Union on July 26, 1788. Its largest city is New York City, the most populous city in the U.S.; its capital city is Albany.

Marriage Equality: Same-sex marriage became legal in New York on July 24, 2011, under the Marriage Equality Act, which was passed by the state Legislature on June 24, 2011 and signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on the same day.

For information on state laws relating to LGBT rights, discrimination, hate crimes and adoption, click here.

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N.Y. venue pays fine for refusing to host lesbian couple’s wedding, files appeal

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Liberty-Ridge-Farm
ALBANY, N.Y. -- A rural New York wedding venue's owners have paid a $13,000 fine for refusing to host a lesbian couple's wedding, and have since stopped booking marriage ceremonies while their case is appealed. Liberty Ridge Farm's owners, citing constitutional rights to free speech and religious freedom, have appealed the August ruling...

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New York City considers easing birth certificate gender changes

Monday, November 10, 2014
New York City Hall
NEW YORK -- Transgender New Yorkers on Monday called for the passage of city legislation that would eliminate a requirement that they have gender-reassignment surgery to change their designated gender on their birth certificates.

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U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney wins re-election to U.S. House

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Sean Patrick Maloney
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney of New York secured a second term representing the state's 18th district in the House of Representatives Tuesday night, fending off a strong challenger in a close contest.

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GOP’s Gibson beats gay challenger Sean Eldridge to keep U.S. House seat

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Sean Eldridge
NEW YORK -- Two-term Republican U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson has turned back a well-financed challenge from openly gay Democrat Sean Eldridge to keep his House seat in a sprawling upstate New York district.

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Election preview: Top 10 races to watch for LGBT candidates

Saturday, November 1, 2014
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, a Democratic candidate for governor, greets spectators at the Portland Pride Parade, Saturday, June 21, 2014, in Portland, Maine.
This year’s election night is likely to be an important one for the LGBT history books: Voters in Massachusetts are expected to elect the nation’s first-ever openly gay state attorney general, and voters in Maine could very well elect the nation’s first-ever openly gay governor. Two candidates for Congress could well become the first openly gay Republican elected ...

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GOP challenger to gay incumbent uses her gay son to prove she’s ‘no extremist’

Thursday, October 30, 2014
Nan Hayworth
WASHINGTON -- The openly gay son of Republican congressional challenger Nan Hayworth says his mother -- who's trying to unseat New York's only openly gay congressman -- is "no extremist" in a new ad. CNN reports that the ad is an attempt to insulate Hayworth against Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney's criticism of her stance ...

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Three charged in anti-gay attack, shooting in Brooklyn

Sunday, September 28, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Three suspects have been charged in connection with what police are calling an anti-gay attack in Brooklyn that left a 22-year-old man with a gunshot wound. According to police, the victim was dressed as a woman and walking down the street with two other men in the Bushwick neighborhood early Saturday morning, when the three...

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Rochester radio hosts fired over transphobic broadcast back on the air

Thursday, September 11, 2014
Kimberly Ray (right) and Barry Beck
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — A controversial radio duo fired earlier this year following a transphobic radio broadcast, are back on the air at a new station. Kimberly Ray and Barry Beck, know to Rochester radio listeners as “Kimberly and Beck,” announced Thursday they will host the afternoon “drive time” broadcast weekdays on WQBW Radio. The station began ...

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Catholic League bowing out of NYC St. Patrick’s Day parade

Thursday, September 11, 2014
Bill Donohue
NEW YORK -- The Catholic League says it will sit out next year's St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York because parade organizers aren't letting an anti-abortion group march. Bill Donohue heads the Catholic League, a group that fights prejudice against the church. He said Thursday that his organization won't participate in the March 2015 parade for the first time in 20 years.

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Gay rights activists seek inclusion in NYC St. Patrick’s Parade

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Members of the group Irish Queers protest their exclusion from the St. Patrick's Day parade in New York on March 17, 2012.
NEW YORK -- Gay activists who have been pushing to join New York City's St. Patrick's Day Parade since the 1990s called on organizers Tuesday to include them, not just a group for gay NBC employees. Members of a group called Irish Queers held a news conference to announce that they were applying for a spot in the 2015 event, the nation’s biggest and oldest ...

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