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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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More states call for ‘Defense of Marriage Act’ to be declared unconstitutional

Saturday, September 8, 2012
The state of Vermont on Friday joined New York and Connecticut in asking a federal appeals court to rule that the law defining marriage as between a man and a woman is unconstitutional.

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Schumer nominates openly lesbian federal prosecutor for U.S. judgeship

Thursday, August 2, 2012
Pamela Ki Mai Chen
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has nominated Assistant U.S. Attorney Pamela Ki Mai Chen to serve on the bench of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

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New York City latest to call on Supreme Court to overturn DOMA

Thursday, July 26, 2012
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down DOMA.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and lesbian New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn have joined the growing choir of individuals calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act.

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New York same-sex marriage law upheld in state appeals court

Friday, July 6, 2012
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- A New York state appeals court on Friday ruled against a challenge to the state's marriage equality law, and ruled that the statute was legally enacted.

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Openly gay candidate wins New York congressional primary

Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Sean Patrick Maloney
Openly gay attorney Sean Patrick Maloney has advanced to the November general election in New York’s 18th Congressional District after winning his Democratic primary tonight.

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New York lawmakers pass bill to crack down on cyber-bullying

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
ALBANY, N.Y. -- The New York state legislature this week approved a bill that would require the state's public schools to develop procedures to address complaints of email, texting and online harassment -- also referred to as cyber-bullying.

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New York teen left blinded in one eye following brutal, anti-gay assault

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Kardin Ulysse (center) with parents Pierre and Rose
NEW YORK -- A Brooklyn teenager was was left blind in one eye after being assaulted by bullies who shouted anti-gay epithets during an attack earlier this month at his middle school, according to the teen's family

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New Yorker ‘June Brides’ cover coincides with anniversary of NY marriage equality

Monday, June 18, 2012
Almost one year to the date since New York state legalized same-sex marriage, the June 25 issue of New Yorker magazine features this illustration, entitled "June Brides" by Gayle Kabaker.

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Banned from contest, 5th grader OK’d to recite gay marriage essay at school assembly

Saturday, June 16, 2012
Kameron Slade
QUEENS, N.Y. -- A fifth grade student in Queens, N.Y., who earlier this week was prohibited from reading an essay on marriage equality that he wrote for a school competition, will be allowed to recite his essay during a special assembly.

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NY woman awarded $25,000 in discrimination suit against Sizzler restaurant

Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Liza Friedlander
A New York woman has been awarded a $25,000 settlement in a discrimination lawsuit against a Sizzler Restaurant in Forest Hills, N.Y., where she was allegedly attacked while trying to dine with friends.

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