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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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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
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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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New York City reports three cases of meningitis in HIV-positive gay men

Friday, September 5, 2014
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NEW YORK -- New York City's Health Department says it's investigating three cases of meningitis that have developed in HIV-positive gay men over the last two weeks. The department says Friday it's recommending meningitis vaccinations for all men who regularly have intimate contact with other men. It says men with HIV are at a greater risk of acquiring meningitis.

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Staten Island St. Pats parade organizers to weigh gay group participation

Thursday, September 4, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Organizers of the St. Patrick's Day parade on Staten Island have yet to decide whether gay groups will be allowed to march under their own banners. The president of the local Hibernians, Marty Crimmins, tells the Staten Island Advance that the issue will likely be discussed at a meeting in October or November.

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N.Y. Catholic Cardinal to lead St. Patrick’s Day parade with 1st gay group

Thursday, September 4, 2014
New York Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan
NEW YORK -- There is no more natural spot for Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan -- a proud, ebullient Irish-American -- than grand marshal of the city's historic St. Patrick's Day Parade. But the honor now has an added significance: Parade organizers said Wednesday they will allow the first gay group to march under its own banner. Dolan was quick to issue a statement...

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Gay rights groups scoff at NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade decision

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
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NEW YORK -- A decision by organizers of the city's St. Patrick's Day Parade to allow one gay organization to march is a disappointment after decades of fighting by gay groups for full participation, several advocates said Wednesday. Some were dismayed that the organizers had chosen just one lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender group to participate next year after ending a ban ...

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NYC mayor Bill de Blasio praises St. Patrick’s Day Parade decision

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Bill de Blasio
NEW YORK -- Mayor Bill de Blasio has praised the decision to allow a gay contingent to march under its own banner for the first time at New York City's St. Patrick's Day Parade. But he has not made a commitment to marching in the parade himself. De Blasio said Wednesday that he'll need to know more before deciding what he'll be doing six months from now.

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First ever gay group to march openly in NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
In this March 17, 2006 file photo, members of the Irish-American gay community protest in New York against the exclusion of gay groups from marching in New York City's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. Organizers of the world's largest St. Patrick's Day Parade say they're ending the ban and will allow a gay group to march under its own banner for the first time in 2015.
NEW YORK -- A gay group will march under its own banner for the first time in the world's largest St. Patrick's Day Parade, organizers said Wednesday. The prohibition on identified gay groups in the centuries-old New York parade had made participation a political issue. Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio refused to march this year, and Guinness beer dropped its sponsorship.

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