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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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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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GOP attorney strongly defends DOMA in New York widow’s lawsuit

Thursday, September 27, 2012
NEW YORK — The House Republican attorney defending the Defense of Marriage Act in court took particular issue on Thursday with an octogenarian lesbian’s case against by the law by suggesting the timing and location of her marriage makes challenge invalid. [...]

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Another embattled GOP lawmaker who voted for same-sex marriage in NY wins primary

Tuesday, September 25, 2012
NEW YORK -- In a closely watched contest and by the narrowest of margins, Republican New York State Sen. Stephen Saland, one of four GOP senators to cast votes in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage, appears headed to victory in his primary battle against challenger Neil Di Carlo. [...]

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New York GOP lawmaker who supported gay marriage survives primary

Friday, September 14, 2012
Mark Grisanti
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- New York State Sen. Mark Grisanti (R-Buffalo), one of the four Republicans who voted in favor of a marriage equality bill last year, and who has since been targeted by the anti-gay the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) because of that vote, won his GOP primary race [...]

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‘Political porn:’ Mystery anti-gay attack flyer surfaces in NY Senate race

Monday, September 10, 2012
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- In what many journalists and pundits are labeling "political porn," a flyer has been circulated via e-mail that attacks New York State Sen. Mark Grisanti, one of four Republicans who voted to legalize same-sex marriage in the Empire State a year ago. [...]

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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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