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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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Syracuse adds protections based on gender identity to ‘Fair Practices Law’

Monday, November 19, 2012
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The Syracuse Common Council on Monday approved a bill to amend the existing Syracuse Fair Practices Law -- which was passed in 1990 to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation -- to include gender identity and expression as protected categories. [...]

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New York sends openly gay candidate to U.S. Congress

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Sean Patrick Maloney
Sean Patrick Maloney has become the second openly gay non-incumbent to win election to Congress tonight.  He beat Rep. Nan Hayworth, a Republican who is serving in her first term in the House. [...]

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N.Y. gay rights leader, victim of brutal attack, dies after being removed from life support

Friday, October 26, 2012
Lou Rispoli
QUEENS, N.Y. -- A prominent figure in the local gay community died Thursday after being removed from life support. Lou Rispoli, 62, died from injuries sustained in a savage, early morning attack last week. [...]

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N.Y. gay rights activist, community leader near death after savage beating

Thursday, October 25, 2012
Lou Rispoli
Lou Rispoli, a well-respected and beloved community leader in the Queens, N.Y., gay neighborhood of Sunnyside, has been removed from life support and remains in hospice care, the result of an early morning attack last week. He is not expected to survive. [...]

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N.Y. high court declines to hear appeal challenging same-sex marriage law

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
ALBANY, N.Y. -- The New York state Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, on Tuesday declined to hear an appeal by the conservative group New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, who were seeking to have New York’s same-sex marriage law overturned. [...]

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Bloomberg’s Super PAC will support marriage equality initiatives

Thursday, October 18, 2012
Michael Bloomberg
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced the creation of his own “super PAC” to direct millions of dollars in donations to elect candidates from both parties who he believes will "focus on problem solving" and support policy issues such as legalizing same-sex marriage. [...]

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Bloomberg donates $250,000 to Maryland marriage equality campaign

Friday, October 12, 2012
Michael Bloomberg
NEW YORK -- New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has taken his support of same-sex marriage national by donating $250,000 to support the Maryland ballot initiative aimed at legalizing same-sex marriage. [...]

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Questions remain after Long Island teen commits suicide over alleged anti-gay bullying

Tuesday, October 9, 2012
David Hernandez
EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. -- The Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth Network said it would fast-track its efforts to open an LGBT community center in Suffolk County after learning that an East Hampton, N.Y. teen who was reportedly the victim of anti-gay bullying took his own life last week. [...]

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Bisexual student sent home after refusing to change ‘I enjoy vagina’ t-shirt

Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Brianna Demato (left), with her mother Cathy. [New York Daily News]
QUEENS, N.Y. -- A Queens high school sophomore who self identifies as bisexual, was sent home Tuesday, after school administrators deemed that the “I enjoy vagina” T-shirt she was wearing was a distraction. [...]

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GOP lawmaker who supported gay marriage defeated in New York primary

Friday, September 28, 2012
Roy McDonald
ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York State Sen. Roy McDonald, one of four GOP lawmakers who voted to legalize same-sex marriage last year, was narrowly defeated in his primary race, and said he won't campaign as an Independent in the general election, and will instead back his former primary opponent. [...]

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