New York

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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Support for marriage equality in NY gains momentum — Cuomo calls for a vote

Tuesday, June 14, 2011
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday proposed a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the Empire State, setting the stage for a possible vote in both the State Assembly and State Senate within a matter of days. [ Read more → ]

New York Giants owner Steve Tisch voices support for marriage equality

Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Steve Tisch, the chairman and co-owner of the New York Giants, has has voiced his support for marriage equality, appearing in a new video for the HRC’s “New Yorkers for Marriage Equality” campaign. [ Read more → ]
Andrew Cuomo

Cuomo reportedly has the votes to get marriage equality passed in New York

Monday, June 13, 2011
At least seven New York state Senate Republicans have signaled to Gov. Andrew Cuomo that they’re ready to support same-sex marriage, more than enough to put the controversial and historic measure over the top this week, according to The New York Post. [ Read more → ]

New York Giants great Michael Strahan, fiancée support marriage equality

Saturday, June 11, 2011
Participating in the HRC's New Yorkers for Marriage Equality campaign, Michael Strahan, the record setting former defensive end of the New York Giants, has filmed a video with his fiancée Nicole Murphy announcing their support for marriage equality. [ Read more → ]

New Yorkers United for Marriage new television ad: The Blumenthal’s story

Monday, June 6, 2011
New Yorkers United for Marriage continues its statewide TV campaign in support of marriage equality. In this new television commercial, Iris and Paul Blumenthal talk about wanting to see their son, and his partner of 11 years, be able to walk down the aisle. [ Read more → ]

Encouraging new polls in NY and MN, but is it enough? No bill yet in NY Senate

Monday, June 6, 2011
A new poll shows us neck-and-neck in Minnesota, with a vote on marriage still a year off. There's just two weeks left to pass marriage in New York, but a Senate bill still hasn't even been introduced yet. Illinois launched civil unions this week as Rhode Island debated doing the same. And a Michigan Republican can't tell the difference between gay couples and child abusers. [ Read more → ]
Erica Diaz (second from right), with partner Naomi Torres, and their two sons.

Lesbian granddaughter of anti-gay NY state senator: ‘This fight is personal’

Sunday, June 5, 2011
In a heart wrenching essay in Sunday’s New York Post, the lesbian granddaughter of New York state Sen. Ruben Diaz — the state’s most vocal opponent of same-sex marriage — gives a first-person account of how the debate over marriage equality has caused a rift in her family. [ Read more → ]

New Yorkers George and Farid talk about why they want to marry in New York

Friday, June 3, 2011
In this new video from Freedom to Marry and In the Life Media, George Constantinou and Farid Ali, a couple of more than ten years, who are planning to start a family soon, talk about being engaged and why they want to marry in New York. [ Read more → ]

Another polls shows increasing support for legalizing gay marriage in New York

Friday, June 3, 2011
The percentage of New Yorkers who support marriage equality continues to strengthen, as a new Quinnipiac University poll found that 58 percent of those polled said they are in favor of legalizing gay marriage. [ Read more → ]
Renato Seabra

Portuguese model will plead insanity in brutal murder of celebrity journalist

Friday, June 3, 2011
The Portuguese model who admitted to the brutal murder of celebrity journalist Carlos Castro in a New York hotel earlier this year, will likely seek an insanity defense. [ Read more → ]

Actress, Grammy winner Vanessa Williams supports marriage equality

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Actress and Grammy winner Vanessa Williams has voiced her support marriage equality, appearing in the latest "“New Yorkers for Marriage Equality” campaign by the HRC. [ Read more → ]

This could be the end for Equality Maryland, time’s running out in New York

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
This week: The chaos at Equality Maryland has gotten so bad, the organization may have to shut down altogether, and time's nearly run out to pass a marriage bill in New York. [ Read more → ]

Fate of marriage equality in New York rests with eight undecided Senators

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
The fate of marriage equality in New York rests with a small group of undecided state Senators — if and when a bill comes to the Senate floor for a vote — according to a survey by Gannett’s Albany news bureau. [ Read more → ]

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on the case for marriage equality

Thursday, May 26, 2011
In a passionate and sweeping address on Thursday at Cooper Union, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg laid out his case for why the State Legislature must vote on same-sex marriage before the legislative session ends in June. [ Read more → ]
Kathy Hochul

Pro-gay Democrat scores special election upset to win seat in U.S. House

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Kathy Hochul, a county clerk in western New York's Erie County -- who supports marriage equality and the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" -- scored an upset on Tuesday and was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. [ Read more → ]
Martin Golden

New York state lawmaker seeks to repeal recognition of legal same-sex unions

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
A New York state lawmaker has introduced legislation that would void recognition of gay marriages performed in other states, and said voters in his southwest Brooklyn district "don't really give a rat's ass about social issues." [caption id="attachment_24592" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Martin Golden"][/caption] The bill sponsored... [ Read more → ]

Phoenix Suns’ Steve Nash voices support for marriage equality

Tuesday, May 24, 2011
NBA superstar and Phoenix Suns' point guard Steve Nash has voiced his support for marriage equality, appearing in a new video for the HRC's "New Yorkers for Marriage Equality" campaign. [ Read more → ]

Cuomo calls on NY Senators to support ‘fairness and equality’ for gay couples

Monday, May 23, 2011
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday released a video message urging New Yorkers to call their state Senators to advocate for legalizing same-sex. [ Read more → ]

Bad news this week: anti-gay bill passes in Minnesota, slow progress in New York

Monday, May 23, 2011
It's almost all bad news this week, with an anti-gay measure gaining ground in Minnesota, slow progress in New York, a resignation in North Carolina, and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker staking out a position against LGBT hospital visitation. [ Read more → ]
Michael Bloomberg and Christine Quinn

Bloomberg, Quinn pressure NY GOP state Senators to support marriage equality

Wednesday, May 18, 2011
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and openly gay New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn were in Albany on Tuesday, and lobbied Republican State Senators pass a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

‘Vogue’ Editor Anna Wintour is a New Yorker for marriage equality

Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue magazine, supports marriage equality. [ Read more → ]

GOP could tip the scale for gay marriage, binational LGBT couples in limbo

Monday, May 16, 2011
The fight for marriage intensifies in New York with the long-awaited marriage bill finally introduced. But do LGBT groups have the support needed to pass it? [ Read more → ]
State Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. (left), arrives arm-in-arm with NOM's Brian Brown.

NOM, New York state Senator lead anti-gay marriage rally

Sunday, May 15, 2011
An estimated 2,000 participants rallied in the Bronx on Sunday to call for the preservation of traditional marriage. [ Read more → ]

NY marriage equality campaign gets cash infusion from traditional GOP donors

Sunday, May 15, 2011
The campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in New York has been getting a cash infusion from some unexpected sources -- conservative donors who traditionally support Republicans candidates and causes. [ Read more → ]
Timothy Dolan

NY Archbishop: Same-sex marriage is social engineering, perilous to us all

Saturday, May 14, 2011
Timothy Dolan, the Roman Catholic archbishop of New York, on Friday blogged that tampering with the definition of marriage -- by legalizing same-sex marriage -- is an “Orwellian social engineering" and perilous to us all. [ Read more → ]
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